friday feast: survey of literature (aka, beet and potatoes)

Happy Poetry Friday from Hawaii!   

Tomorrow I’ll be lunching with several college
friends, and we’ll likely reminisce about the
good old days at the University of Hawaii
Manoa Campus, where I majored in English
around 100 years ago.

Joyce Carol Oates once said,
“If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?”

Today’s lunch special is “Survey of Literature,”
by John Crowe Ransom.

(Stanza 10 is dedicated to this week’s hostess,
Sara Lewis Holmes, Queen of the Beets.
She’s a cool daddy-o.)

by John Crowe Ransom



In all the good Greek of Plato,
I lack my roast beef and potato.

A better man was Aristotle,
Pulling steady on the bottle.

I dip my hat to Chaucer,
Swilling soup in a saucer,

And to Master Shakespeare
Who wrote big on small beer.

The abstemious Wordsworth
Subsisted on a curd’s-worth,

But a slick one was Tennyson,
Putting gravy on his venison.

Read the rest of the poem here.

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is at Read Write Believe.

P.S. If you have room for dessert, please watch this: