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
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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