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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:

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Figs by D.H. Lawrence

Fresh Fig Salad

 

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After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

apples apples

 

Potato by Jane Kenyon

Hasselback Potatoes

 

Ode to the Onions by Pablo Neruda

Onions

 

This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

Plum Cake

 

Pomelo with Fallen Angel by Marcela Sulak

pomelos

 

The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens

Magic Shell

 

Blackberry Eating by Galway Kinnell

Blackberries

 

Having a Coke with You by Frank O’Hara

Soda Shop

 

Persimmons by Li-Young Lee

Persimmons 

 

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.)

Composting

 

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!