April 25, 2013

A Night of Poems to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted by Treetopia in Food & Wine

April is National Poetry Month and that gives you and your friends another reason to get together and celebrate in style

Poetry may be a cause of headache for some, but for others who appreciate the wondrous way words work, it is a luxury, a foray into the unfathomable depths of the human mind and emotions.

While it may not be the most action-packed activity, holding a food- and fun-filled poetry night is one way to create a shared experience among friends and gain a higher level of awareness as a person. If you’re thinking of how to go about organizing one since it is National Poetry Month, here are a few ideas to get you started:

 
The Yellow Wood

Ask yourself what you would like to accomplish for your poetry night. Do you want to have a poetry reading? Do you want to analyze poems or focus on a particular poet? Maybe you prefer to watch movies inspired by poetry. Spice things up a bit by decorating your home with images of poets or your favorite poetic lines. A simple choice makes all the difference.

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One Art
Poetry is not a type of literature that everyone enjoys or looks forward to discuss. Remember this when deciding who will be invited to your little get-together. Just to be certain of who you would invite, try to expose the idea casually first and see how your friends react. If you don’t get a promising reaction from some people, let it be because their loss for one night is no disaster. It is better to be among a group of people who really appreciate the beauty of this one art.


photo by Glamhag via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

Have a Coke with Them

Aside from being with a group of people who appreciate the same art form, a good way to bond is through food. Make sure that you not only feed your guests’ imagination but also appease their hunger. Here are some easy canapés you can make:

Sweet Potato Bites

For this recipe, you will need a sweet potato that’s already peeled and cubed. Lay these bite-sized pieces on a tray, drizzle with olive oil, honey, and a bit of lemon juice, and sprinkle some sesame seeds over them. Bake in the oven until the sweet potatoes are soft then skewer them using toothpicks.


photo by Puck777 via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Sweet and Spicy Cheese Sticks

To make these, all you need is a pack of Chinese spring roll wrappers, sliced/cubed/grated cheddar and/or mozzarella cheese, and chopped basil leaves or whole jalapeno peppers.

Place a fair amount of cheese on the spring roll wrapper. Add a few strips of chopped basil leaves if you want a sweet, refreshing flavor or a whole piece of jalapeno pepper to make it spicy. Roll up the spring roll wrapper and deep fry the cheese sticks. Serve with marinara, tartar sauce, or any dip you prefer to use.

Refreshments

Pair your choice of food with complementing refreshments. It can be something as casual as having a Coke or something more sophisticated like a glass of bubbly or wine. After all, poetry exists with a multitude of meanings.

Alone
If you find yourself without a companion to appreciate poetry with, do not despair! Check out this performed poetry of Tanya Davis directed by Andrea Dorfman, How to be Alone:

There are many ways to enjoy the art of poetry. You can start by trying to identify some of the best poems and poets based on a few lines in their works perfectly blended within this post.

Share your favorite poet and/or poem with us!

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