Artwork to inspire poetry: plantains

plantains

The artwork above is a food artwork.  It is of cooked plantains.  The plantains were sliced and cooked in a butter alternative.  When they were nearing being done, brown sugar, honey and lemon juice were added.  The plantains were cooked a bit more and then served.  Although this food is not vegan in the sense that honey (and possibly sugar) are not vegan, it does not contain any meat or dairy.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Places where plantains grow. A poet could look up the regions of the world where plantains grow and write about those places.  A poet could learn and write about what plantain farms are like and about those who work there.
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  • Cooking plantains. A poet could write about a meal being prepared with plantains as a side dish or a desert.
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  • The colors in the food. This dish contains yellows, golds, oranges and browns.  A poet could write a poem with those colors and use them symbolically in poetry.
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  • Sweet vs. savory as a metaphor. This dish is sweet.  The plantains were ripe and brown sugar and honey were used.  Plantains can also be cooked as a savory item.  They can be fried and sprinkled with salt.  A poet could see this contrast and use it as a metaphor for other things.
     
    There are a number of experiences and situations that could be one way or another depending on circumstances.  A poet could write about these situations and examine the ways they could differ.  A poet might include different versions of the same situation in the same poem.
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Experimental Poetry Form: four by four

This experimental poetry form is called four by four.  It is simple and consists of one stanza, with four lines, each with four words.  It looks as follows, with an * representing a word:

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Here is an example poem:

The endive was bitter,
and the lemon sour,
when romaine was chosen,
with an orange dressing.

Poetry topic idea: addiction

Today’s poetry topic idea is addiction.  Although drugs might be the most likely thing that a person may think one could be addicted to, people can also be addicted to other things, such as food.

In writing about addiction, a poet can approach it in different ways.  A poet might write about:

  • An addiction they have.
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  • An addiction someone they know has.
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  • An addiction of a fictional person.
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  • The cause of an addiction.
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  • The cost of an addiction.
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  • Trying to overcome an addiction.
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  • Different states experienced while being addicted.
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  • Things that are addictive.
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  • Difference experiences of someone addicted.
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  • A person realizing that they are addicted.
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  • How people relate to someone with an addiction.

 

Here is an example poem relating to a food addiction:

Healthy,
healthy,
just had an apple,
just walked a mile,
healthy,
healthy,
no need for cake,
no need for cake,
cake isn’t healthy,
it’s there in the refrigerator,
cake isn’t healthy,
it’s chocolate,
no,
no,
no need for cake,
but it’s just cake,
it’s just cake,
just had an apple,
just walked a mile,
there’s the cake,
there’s the plate,
just had an apple,
just walked a mile,
why feel deprived?
why feel bad?
cake has eggs,
eggs are good,
cake has grain,
grain is good,
it’s just cake,
cake isn’t bad,
a small slice,
there’s other ways to be healthy,
it’s not a big deal,
no need to worry,
other people eat cake,
dieting is silly

why was the cake eaten?
it wasn’t healthy,
why was the cake eaten?
why the rationalization?
why the justification?
it all feels so heavy,
why the rationalization?
it didn’t taste that good,
why the justification?
it wasn’t healthy,
it wasn’t needed,
why the justification?
why the rationalization?
why?
not next time,
not next time

Artwork to inspire poetry: Couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy

Couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy

Above is an artwork of a meal.  A meal can be art.  The meal is couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy.  Additional ingredients include vegetable oil, salt, red pepper flakes, dried dill and water.

The meal was prepared by sautéing the peppers, mushrooms and bok choy in the vegetable oil along with the salt, red pepper flakes and dried dill.  Partway through the cooking, the garbanzo beans were added.  When all that was near done, the couscous was stirred in and then water was added.  The pan everything was in was covered and the couscous was allowed to steam in the water.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • The meal is vegan. A poet could write about veganism.
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  • A poet could write about a dinner where this meal is served.
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  • A poet could write about the person eating this meal. They could explore why the person is eating it (e.g. health reasons) and describe the cooking.
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  • The meal is relatively inexpensive to make. A poet could write about cooking with a budget.
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  • There are lots of colors in the meal. A poet could be inspired by those colors and combinations and use them in symbolism in poetry.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Orange Bell Pepper Piece

Orange Bell Pepper Piece

Above is an artwork of a piece of an orange bell pepper.  It shows the part of the fruit a person would eat, the pith and two seeds near the top.  This artwork can inspire poetry.  As some ideas, a poet could write about

  • Cooking.
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  • The idea of identification. (Is a bell pepper a fruit, a vegetable, a berry, a pepper or a chili?)
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  • The idea of acceptability (part of the fruit is eaten, but part is thrown away).
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  • The idea of focus. Most of the artwork is taken up by the pith.  This may seem to be an unusual focus.  A poet could apply the idea of what is focused on to life situations.

Here is an example poem:

at the wedding,
someone asked,
about the centerpieces