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17 of Our Favorite Food Poems

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Today: In honor of National Poetry Month, we’re sharing some of our favorite poems. And yes, they’re all about food.

It's no secret that we like to dabble in other forms of food writing. But as National Poetry Month comes to a close, we're taking a break from counting syllables on our fingers to read how other people express their thoughts on food and cooking through poetry. Here are our recommendations for 17 food-related poems to tuck into along with your afternoon snack:

Figs by D.H. Lawrence

Fresh Fig Salad


After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

apples apples


Potato by Jane Kenyon

Hasselback Potatoes


Ode to the Onions by Pablo Neruda



This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

Plum Cake


Pomelo with Fallen Angel by Marcela Sulak



The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens

Magic Shell


Blackberry Eating by Galway Kinnell



Having a Coke with You by Frank O’Hara

Soda Shop


Persimmons by Li-Young Lee



The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry

Farmer in Field


Sarah Cynthia Slyvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out by Shel Silverstein

(We had a hard time choosing just one of Silverstein's. See also: Italian Food, Every Thing On It, and Peanut-Butter Sandwich.)



Vespers by Louise Glück

Cherry Tomatoes


Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens by Jack Prelutsky

Roasted Chicken

What's your favorite poem about food? Tell us in the comments!

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