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The Hungry Ear, ed. Kevin Young

By Kathleen Nalley | November 01, 2014
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the hungry ear

The 158 poems in this collection celebrate food in all its guises: as an ingredient, the oft-long process of making and the oft-short process of eating, and the cultural communities created when folks are brought around a table to eat.

Featuring poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Billy Collins, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Tony Hoagland, Langston Hughes, Sharon Olds, Adrienne Rich, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Strand and even Young himself, the rich and varied poetic samplings offer something for every palate. Perhaps no better summary can be provided of the collection than what poet Joy Harjo writes in the opening poem, “The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.”

As you might expect from a book that speaks to a “hungry ear,” Young serves up platters of fresh, delectable verse served with a side helping of truth.

The Hungry Ear, Poems of Food and Drink
ed. Kevin Young (Bloomsbury USA, 2012)

Genre: Poetry

Perfect for: Those who wish to whet their appetite and nourish their soul

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