BCC South County Center


Great Barrington

1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18

Six Sessions

In poems classic and contemporary, we will feast on food poetry across cultures, kitchens, landscapes, and seasons to gain insight into how poetry provides joys for the mouth and ear. Covering every cuisine under the sun, we will feed and nurture our understanding of how these poems transcend mere dining as we discuss food as identity, ritual, and sensory object. We’ll also touch on eating as it relates to hunger, taste, and memory. Be it creation, consumption, or contemplation, this course offers a variety of approaches and forms used by poets to honor one of life’s necessities. LIMITED REGISTRATION: 20

Required text: The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink, ed. Kevin Young, Bloomsbury USA, 2012

Kate Sontag is co-editor of the essay collection After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography. Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies. She moved to the Berkshires after retiring from Ripon College, and has received the Severy Teaching Award from Ripon College, Ron Bayes Poetry Prize, and other awards for her poetry. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

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