Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book Review: The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink By: Kevin Young


I'm sure that I'm not the only one who isn't the most poetry savvy person in the world, but I was intrigued by Mr. Young's compilation efforts when I heard about this book!  Poems about food?  Even I could handle this!

Upon reading I quickly found myself not reading the poems as they should be read-out loud.  I've gone to many poetry readings and used to watch Def Poetry Jam on a semi-regular basis.  It can be hard to truly savor the message by skimming it in a book.

So, while my boyfriend, Levi made dinner I would read the poetry out loud as he cooked.  At each poem, settling into the rhythm of the poet.  I may not have given them all their proper justice, but more than had I read them quietly.  Even Levi took his hand at reading a few (especially the Robert Frost poems).

I rather enjoyed the contributions of Mr. Young's poems-the detail of his prose painted the most lovely pictures and I felt transported into his childhood kitchen.  Also, there was a lively poem, Be Drunk by: Charles Baudelaire-I read this a few times as the message was fun and inspiring (and made me want a glass of vino!).

I do highly recommend this compilation by Mr. Young and if you're anything like me-read them out loud for all to hear!

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