The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink

The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink

by Kevin Young
     
 

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An incomparable resource for those experiencing grief, a volume of carefully selected and artfully arranged poetry by the very best poets writing in the English language.See more details below

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An incomparable resource for those experiencing grief, a volume of carefully selected and artfully arranged poetry by the very best poets writing in the English language.

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The New York Times
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.
—Dwight Garner
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"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

Library Journal
"The world begins at a kitchen table," Joy Harjo says at the beginning of this anthology, edited by National Book Award finalist Young, featuring poems in homage to all things comestible. In his introduction, Young says that the making of poems is akin to the making of a meal—both are acts of creation and sustenance. While poetry may be more permanent, with each making the eater and reader consume beauty, internalize it, and thrive. "This anthology revels in the many tastes all around us, some of which we need poetry to help describe," says Young. Indeed, the selections represent a wide range of the world's renowned poets, from Elizabeth Alexander to Paul Zimmer, from Baudelaire to Belieu, and celebrate topics as varied as picking blackberries, eating beans, and drinking beer for breakfast. Young includes a poem "with a cucumber in it" as well as Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California." There are poems about pork and pot roasts, coffee and cookies and cola. The book is arranged from fall harvest to sumptuous summer, so that "the cycle of life is shown here in its ups and downs—as only poetry can." Or, as Li-Young Lee says, "O, to take what we love inside,/ to carry within us an orchard… ." This anthology is a feast! VERDICT Essential for all poetry collections.—Karla Huston, Wisconsin Acad. of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Madison

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608197613
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,123,619
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Young is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Ardency and Dear Darkness. His collection For the Confederate Dead won the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, and Jelly Roll was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is also the editor of six previous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2011; The Art of Losing; and Blues Poems and Jazz Poems, from the EverymanÁ¢€™s Library Pocket Poets series. Young is currently the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University in Atlanta.
Kevin Young is the author of six books of poetry, most recently For the Confederate Dead, winner of the Quill Award in Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement. He is also the author of Dear Darkness and Jelly Roll, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Paterson Poetry Prize. He is the editor of four other volumes, including Everyman Pocket Poets Blues Poems and Jazz Poems, and the Library of America's John Berryman: Selected Poems. He is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing and curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.

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