Food Poems: Cafe Paradiso

Inspired by this weekend's Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts symposium at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a reader sent in this, her favorite food poem - it was inspired by a restaurant menu Charles Simic read while waiting for a friend.

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Cafe Paradiso

My chicken soup thickened with pounded young almonds
My blend of winter greens.
Dearest tagliatelle with mushrooms, fennel, anchovies, Tomatoes and vermouth sauce.
Beloved monkfish braised with onions, capers
And green olives.
Give me your tongue tasting of white beans and garlic,
Sexy little assortment of formaggi and frutta!
I want to drown with you in red wine like a pear,
Then sleep in a macédoine of wild berries with cream.

- Charles Simic

(Thanks, Stacey!)

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