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Food as Metaphor: Writing Poetry in the Pandemic

with Jules Nyquist

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020    

10 am - 1 pm mountain time


(scholarships available, email jules@poetryplayhouse.com)

online via Zoom 


Food as Metaphor: Writing Poetry in the Pandemic


How do you view food and eating rituals during this 2020 COVID pandemic?  Some of us have turned to comfort food or altered our eating habits. Grocery shopping has become an event to leave the house (or not). Eating out is a limited and changed experience. Picnics are distanced and nature is a guest at our table. In this time of quarantine, and the subsequent tightening/loosening of restrictions, we turn to food for stability or ritual in our lives.  How have your holidays changed this year in relation to food? What new recipes are you writing? How has the pandemic affected already precarious "food deserts" and our way of living?  Like cooking, writing is the process of pulling together raw ingredients with inspiration to create a finished work of art in poetry. Food and rituals associated with it bring powerful emotions and can inspire strong writing.


In this online three hour Saturday workshop, we will explore poems with food references and will be given prompts to write our own food pandemic poems. We will have three writing exercises and time to share in class.  There will be breaks every hour of class. Handouts will be emailed to participants before class.


Published writer and educator Jules Nyquist is the author of Appetites (poems on food, drink and sex with photographs and recipes) Beatlick Press, which was a finalist for the 2012 NM/AZ Book Awards. 



"I drafted a poem in Jules' "Food as Metaphor" workshop and, with almost no revision, it was accepted for publication by Third Wednesday. Jules' variety of ideas and relaxed manner made it easy for me to create a strong piece of writing. I hope to work with her again."  - Colleen - New York

"Using the metaphor of food has inspired and opened up an entirely unexpected area of creativity for me. Thank you Jules for your gift." - Joanne - Albuquerque

"A fun, challenging experience that made me think about food issues in so many different ways. It was very interesting to hear what others in the class wrote on the same general topic. We all seemed to go in different directions from the same prompt. So interesting." - Andy - Albuquerque



“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love it it…and it is all one.”  M.F.K. Fisher


“Bibles and cookbooks were among the earliest books printed. Each still outsells any of the other kinds of books. ”

   -- “John Keats’ Porridge: Favorite Recipes of American Poets”


“The function of literature.....is precisely that it does incite humanity to continue living; that it eases the mind of strain, and feeds it, I mean definitely as nutrition of impulse.” 

            -- Ezra Pound


“We’ve become more dislocated and urban. Most people who eat beef and pork and chicken now have never known a cow or pig. They’ve never held a pig in their arms or chased a rooster.” 

            -- Jim Harrison, Salon.com interview, Dec 2, 1998.

            (his food-related book is: “The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving  Gourmand”)


“A nation’s diet can be more revealing than its art or literature.”

            -- Fast Food Nation, page 3


 Appetites available for students for the reduced price of $10. Want the book?

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