Poetry Quotes: Eating

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
~Mark Strand, “Eating Poetry,” Reasons for Moving, 1968

I have supped on poetry. ~Octave Mirbeau, A Chambermaid’s Diary, 1891–1900, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker

The girl born this month will flash like a streak of yellow sunshine… She will have poetry for breakfast, and spend the rest of the day on zephyrs and chocolate caramels. ~Josh Billings, “Horoskope for July,” Farmer’s Allminax for the Year of Our Lord 1872  [spelling standardized —tg]

I’m quite hungry. Feed me poems, please. ~Dr. SunWolf, tweet, 2014

Every healthy man can do without food for two days — but without poetry, never! ~Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), translated from French

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Virgil, if I remember right, refers to it several times, but with too much Roman restraint. He does not let himself go on cheese. Except Virgil and the anonymous rhymer of “If all the trees were bread and cheese,” I can recall no verse about cheese. Yet it has every quality which we require in exalted poetry. It is a short, strong word, and it rhymes to “breeze” and “seas.” Cheese has also variety, the very soul of song. ~G. K. Chesterton  [A little altered. See also my page of cheese poetry. –tg]

Oh, of course I know that ‘ate’ ain’t good etiquette in that place… It should be ‘eat.’ But ‘eat’ don’t rhyme, an’ ‘ate’ does. So I’m goin’ to use it. An’ I can, anyhow. It’s poem license; an’ that ’ll let you do anything. ~Eleanor H. Porter, “Dad,” Dawn, 1918
         [“Supper’s ready, supper’s ready,
         Hurry up, or you’ll be late,
         Then you’ll sure be cross and heady
         If there’s nothin’ left to ate.” —tg]

I eat bad poetry like a goat, and
eat good poetry like a gourmand.
~Terri Guillemets

Poetry Quotations: Eating
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