Poetry topic idea: overeating

Today’s poetry topic idea is overeating.  Some ways this could be used in poetry include:

  • Poems that contrast overeating with starvation, the idea of comparing over abundance with deprivation.

  • Poems that look at the side effects of overeating.

  • Poems that use overeating in a metaphorical sense. The idea could be applied to many instances of overindulgence.

  • Poems that look at the idea of gluttony.

  • Poems that examine overeating from a psychological perspective.

Poem with an explanation: arranged

Olives, peppers, mixed,

roasted pepper plate,

sliced tomato tray,

marinated things,

arranged for a late meal,

lonely, eaten here


The poem above uses the experimental poetry form: thorns with a flower bud from the January 7, 2016 post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

In keeping with the form, the poem was written so that it would seem slightly off.  The first four lines describe food that might be seen as tasting good.  The meter though, is intended to make the lines not seem quite right.

The fifth line, with its iambic tetrameter meter is intended to sound more natural.  Additionally, it explains the first four lines.  At this point, the poem should change in tone from seeming somewhat off, to somewhat positive.

The last line though, goes back to the previous form, and because it reveals that this meal is being eaten by someone who is lonely, and presumably alone, it goes back to the poem not sounding as positive as it could.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Noodles with tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and other things

Noodles with tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and other things

This artwork is of food.  As referenced before on this blog, food can be art.  This artwork is of whole wheat noodles with plum tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, black olives, celery, salt, oil, basil, oregano, and some other things that were in the can of tomatoes and in the can of olives.  One artistic aspect of it is the way the red, green and light brown colors mix together.

This artwork can inspire poetry in a few ways.  Some include:

  • General poems about food
  • A poem about this particular dish
  • A poem referencing the colors of red, green and light brown
  • General poems about cooking
  • Poems about different kinds of art
  • A poem about the ingredients in the dish

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: 52431: The ears of corn

The ears of corn were shucked with speed,
and with quick hands they did this deed,
and this was done because of need,
so that the group they all could feed,
on each and every grilled corn bead.

The corn was grilled on burning coals,
to meet the group’s most hungry goals.

The corn did glow as it did heat,
the tasty grain that was not wheat,
and all who watched did want to eat,
the corn that looked to them so sweet.

The color changed as it did cook,
and soon it had a brand new look,
and then the corn they reached and took.

The ears of corn were grilled that day.

(6/40) Experimental Poetry Form: 52431

Experimental Poetry Form: Ham Sandwich

This experimental poetry form is based off of a ham sandwich.  The ham sandwich has the following layers from top to bottom:

  Lettuce (two pieces)
  Pickles (four slices)
  Tomato (three slices)
  Ham (three slices)

The form reflects the ham sandwich in the following ways:

  There are eight lines (the eight layers of the sandwich)

  The first and last lines are the same (the bread of the sandwich)

  The first and eighth lines have five iambic feet (five letters in bread)

  The second and third lines rhyme (mayonnaise and mustard are both condiments)

  The second and third lines have two iambic feet (the layers of mayonnaise and mustard are thin)

  The fourth line has two iambic feet (two pieces of lettuce)

  The fourth and sixth lines rhyme (lettuce and tomato are produce)

  The fifth line has four iambic feet (four slices of pickle)

  The sixth line has three iambic feet (three slices of tomato)

  The seventh line has three iambic feet (three slices of ham)

In summary:

  Line 1: five iambic feet
  Line 2: two iambic feet, rhyme A
  Line 3: two iambic feet, rhyme A
  Line 4: two iambic feet, rhyme B
  Line 5: four iambic feet
  Line 6: three iambic feet, rhyme B
  Line 7: three iambic feet
  Line 8: same as line 1

This form combines meter, rhyming and a repeat.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Deep Dish Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza

This artwork is a photograph of a deep dish pizza with most of the background erased away and then colored black.  Although a deep dish pizza is food, it is also art.

This pizza was made some time in the past, and so the particular ingredients are uncertain, but some possible ingredients are: duck, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, spinach, mushrooms, black olives, zucchini, orange bell pepper and tomato sauce.

This artwork can inspire poetry in a number of ways.  A poet could, for example, be inspired to write a poem about:

  • Something that happens in a pizzeria
  • Being hungry
  • The making of a pizza
  • Pizza being cooked at home
  • A party with pizza
  • The symbolism of combining ingredients

Experimental Poetry Form: One hundred feet

This experimental poetry form is a prose-like poem that is written in iambic meter and consists of one hundred feet.  There are two ideas behind the form.  The first is to see how the three restrictions of having a poem in a prose like form, written in iambic meter, and with one hundred feet affects the presentation of ideas in the poem.  The idea is that the restrictions may inspire creativity.  The second idea behind the form, is that it is somewhat of a hidden form.  If a reader did not consciously check, they may not notice that the prose poem was written in iambic meter.  Since the poem would not have the line breaks of some other poetry forms, this fact about it may be hidden.  More so, if a reader was not aware of it, if they did notice that the poem was written in iambic meter, they might not notice that it has one hundred feet.  The idea behind this is to see if a poem seems different to readers, when they might not notice all the aspects of the form that it has.

Here is an example poem written in this form:

Holiday Food

Two days before the holiday arrived, the list of food came out: one roasted turkey with some sage, and cornbread dressing on the side, a sauce made from red cranberries and steamed green beans with butter sauce.

One day before the holiday, the mom worked hard and she prepared it all.  She cleaned the bird and chopped the bread; she snapped the beans and sliced small berries too.

Then on the day she cooked.

And as all ate she had a sense of joy.