This week’s prompt is about food – specifically, preparing food. We all have our favourite – and least favourite – things to eat, but there can be huge emotion attached to the actual making of food, too.
You could look at the feelings of comfort and well-being that may go along with baking, for example in Simon Mole’s ‘Making Bread’:
‘Here, I achieve everything,
and still live slowly.
Oh, for the easiness of waiting,
when you have the time to wait’.
Or perhaps you’ll go for the opposite of this sense of accomplishment, and focus on the pressure (and possible failure!) involved in cooking for a dinner party, or a date.
You may choose to use food as catharsis. Look at the anger that Wendy Cope conveys so visually in ‘From June to December’:
‘Decapitating the spring onions,
She made this mental note:
You can tell it’s love, the real thing,
When you dream of slitting his throat’!
Or perhaps you’ll use the prompt to underline a characteristic of someone else’s personality, or to play the role of observer, such as in Catherine Smith’s darkly intriguing ‘The Butcher’s Hands’:
‘He’s learning the patter,
recommends lamb chops
and grips the knife; cuts
precisely between ribs’.
Food and poetry are a natural fit. Go on, make us hungry.
Link to Simon Mole’s poem ‘Making Bread’: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/…/performance-poet-simon-mo…
picture credit -Ingredients for tuna cat treats by Monika Animallama (flickr creative commons)
Bio – Claire Walker’s poetry has been published in magazines, anthologies and webzines including The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Poetry Shed, and The Chronicles of Eve. She is a Reader for Three Drops Press, and Co-Editor of Atrium poetry webzine. Her first pamphlet – The Girl Who Grew Into a Crocodile – was published by V. Press in 2015, and a second – Somewhere Between Rose and Black – will follow in December 2017