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National Poetry Month #eatingpoetry

01 Apr

Welcome to April and National Poetry month! What are you planning to do to celebrate poetry this month?

  • Attend a poetry reading?
    If you’re in the Vancouver area / Lower Mainland, you’re invited to ours. The Fraser Valley Poets Society‘s April event is a Blue Moon Reading, April 13th (6:30-8:30 p.m. Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.).

Yours truly is the featured reader that evening. I’ll be reading from Borrowed Gardens, the anthology that three friends and I published in December 2014. (There’s a small sampling of the poems in the book here.)

There will also be an open mic following the Blue Moon feature, so bring a several of your own poems to read.

Poetry Month Poster - League of Canadian Poets

Fragment of the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Month Poster – 2015 (click on image to enlarge)

The League of Canadian Poets has suggested the wonderful theme of FOOD for this month’s poetry. To go with that theme, here is a poem about one of my favourite childhood treats:

 

Puffed Wheat

Puffed Wheat—my generation’s Cheerios
for baby’s highchair tray.
Wheat grains magically blown up
beige-speckled, quarter inch
elongated puffs, tiny bums.

I didn’t like them as cereal
that I had to eat in a rush
before they shrunk small, slimy
and sticking to teeth when I sipped
the sweet speckled milk dregs
from the bottom of the bowl.

But a concoction of butter, cocoa
sugar and syrup cooked
hot enough to brand skin
poured over 8 cups in Mom’s enamel roaster
mixed frantically with a wooden spoon
before the sticky mass congealed to stiffness
then warm-pressed into a buttered pan
made the best birthday cake
in the world!

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (all rights reserved)

Share your food poems with other Canadian poets using the hashtags #eatingpoetry and #NPM15

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2 Comments

Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Objects

 

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2 responses to “National Poetry Month #eatingpoetry

  1. kendawn@sasktel.net

    April 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Hi Violet,

    I love this poem… I still love puffed wheat but not soaked! But it’s the best and easiest cake to make on the go for a fall picnic (or a birthday)!

    Hey, too bad, we’re going to miss that reading in Clearbrook by a day.

    Looking forward to hearing from you! Dawn (Ken)

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  2. Violet Nesdoly

    April 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks, Dawn! I think we had the same upbringing. Even tasting that chocolaty treat brings back memories. I’ll be in touch.

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