- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608195511
- ISBN-13: 978-1608195510
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink 1st Edition
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Poets have extolled culinary indulgence since at least Anacreon and Sappho, but poet and editor Young (Ardency, 2011) includes in this anthology poems that interpret food and drink in a myriad of imaginative ways. From Pablo Neruda’s condimental odes (“Ode to Salt” and “Ode to an Onion”) to Langston Hughes’ “I, Too, Sing America,” sustenance and libations play shifting and diverse roles throughout. Though gastronomic wordplay seems too easy to describe the smorgasbord of stylistic samplings in this melodious cornucopia, perhaps the “horn of plenty” is an appropriate figure for the anthology, as Young brings to the table a refreshingly flavorful selection of poets. It’s fascinating to read Natasha Trethewey (“Invocation, 1926”) and Charles Simic (“Watermelons”), Gary Soto (“The Plum’s Heart”), Martín Espada (“Coca-Cola and Coco Frío”), and works by poets of the past and to see how the poems diverge and converge. This is perhaps the great strength of any thematic anthology, work presented not in arbitrary or alphabetical order, but grouped by common subjects, such as Young’s food-for-thought categories, “Meat & Potatoes,” “Forbidden Fruit,” and “Giving Thanks.” --Diego Báez
“The good news about The Hungry Ear...isn't that it sidesteps bad poetry (it doesn't), but that it also delivers such a groaning board of things to love, from Seamus Heaney on oysters and Lucille Clifton on collard greens to Theodore Roethke on root cellars and Jane Kenyon on shopping at an IGA...This volume is easily the best bathroom book of 2012, no small praise. (There should be a National Book Award in this category.) It's surprising that no one has thought to do an anthology like this before...What a great meal.” ―Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Here is gustatory poetry for all seasons...The taste of milk, the taste of apples, the taste of wine, bread, cheese, the company of loved ones, the prescence of friends, all here, tripping off the tongues of some of the country's, and world's, most gifted poets.” ―Alan Cheuse, NPR.org
“The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink...gathers captivating odes like William Matthew's 'Onions,' Elizabeth Alexander's 'Butter' and Jimmy Santiago Baca's 'Green Chile.' Appetite enhancers for the soul, they'll make the food lovers in your life love food even more intensely.” ―Jeff Gordinier, The New York Times
“This anthology is a feast!” ―Karla Huston, Library Journal (starred review)
“Though gastronomic wordplay seems too easy to describe the smorgasbord of stylistic samplings in this melodious cornucopia, perhaps the 'horn of plenty' is an appropriate figure for the anthology, as Young brings to the table a refreshingly flavorful selection of poets.” ―Diego Baez, Booklist