Thirteen Ways of Looking at Bread–Poetry Potluck


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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Bread

i.
taste buds awaken
to the aroma enveloping our neighborhood
mrs. curry is baking
this morning

ii.
staple of generations
cultures
peoples
β€œstaff of life”
a common denominator
across civilizations

iii.
some people
are like bread
a hard outer crust
protecting
a soft, warm core

iv.
other people
like bread
get stale
if not attended to

v.
sometimes
dough is sweet
sometimes sour
like people

vi.
bread as sacrament
food for the soul
manna
communion
transforming the mundane
into divinity

vii.
bread as dough
show me the money
divine
become
mundane

viii.
some people are like
unleavened bread
a bit dense

ix.
other people
are like yeast
just a lot of hot air
and they know how
to get a rise
out of you

x.
the beauty of bread
is in its texture
and color
rough
smooth
scarred
seedy
black
brown
golden
ruddy
white
like people

xi.
bread is a vehicle
butter
jam
sandwiches

xii.
bread fills
our emptiness
(for a while, anyway)

xiii.
eventually
people learn
we do not live
by bread alone.

Submitted to Poetry Potluck:http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/Β for which this week’s theme is Food, Drink and Indulgences.

This is a poetry sequence: a poetic device recently discussed in The Writer magazine (October, 2010) by poet Marilyn Taylor. She discusses Wallace Stevens poem: “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” I couldn’t resist trying this form and hope some of you might enjoy playing with it as well. Other poets who have written poetic sequences include Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sharon Olds, Jane Kenyon, Ezra Pound, William Carols Williams and Walt Whitman.

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36 thoughts on “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Bread–Poetry Potluck

  1. chimnese says:

    very beautiful Victoria…

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  2. I really liked 3 and 9. Fun to read, yet went away in deep thought about what you said. I liked how you compared bread to most everything. Wonderful

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  3. A.B. Thomas says:

    Fascinating and enjoyable piece…or could I get away with saying it was a slice?

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  4. I love bread and bread sticks to me, causes me to spend hours on the treadmill. I guess just like people, love them but they cause trouble and take time to get rid of, joking πŸ™‚
    Happy gooseberry day!
    http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/chamfering/

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  5. Ann LeFlore says:

    bread that one is a great idea happy gooseberry days
    http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/04/haggle-baggily/

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  6. Bread! I love bread. It’s the very reason I spread! Out!
    Very nicely done, on this favorite topic of mine!

    My entry: http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/blood-on-the-moon-2/

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  7. thingy says:

    Oh, the beauty of bread! A lovely ode to bread.

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  8. Morning says:

    delicious,

    Happy Labor Day to you.

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  9. Kavita says:

    Oooohh Victoria… this is simply yummy and awesome!! So ceratively and original!! Really too good!
    Loved 8 and 9 the most!! heheheheh

    Aaahh.. now I want some of those bread-butter-jam vehicles πŸ™‚

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  10. honeyhaiku says:

    Seriously…this is FANTASTIC! I Blown away… I will reread this again!

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  11. hannah says:

    Enjoyed this very much πŸ™‚ Chuckled at some people are like, unleavened bread, a bit dense

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  12. trisha says:

    this victoria was true indulgence. just loved it. all thirteen are wonderful, well thought, well crafed.

    trisha
    http://mydomainpvt.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/free-soul-14-3-11/

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  13. fiveloaf says:

    tasty perception liv and thanks for coming by..

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  14. Bodhirose says:

    I just love all the little descriptions and comparisons of bread to people and other parts of life. Brilliant and so entertaining!

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  15. souldipper says:

    Very creative, Victoria. You put a new spin on, “Give us this day, our daily bread.”

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  16. seabell says:

    Bread is a really good theme choice… I like the comparison with people and the image of bread as a vehicle… All in all, I would say that this is a philosophical poem…

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  17. Artswebshow says:

    Excellent critique of the human race.
    Clever idea to use bread as the comparison. lol

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  18. as usual brilliant, with message in between the lines!

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  19. Lovely image! Your bread poem made a good comparison with humans

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  20. Judy Roney says:

    Oops, first time here posting. Didn’t know about the food prompt. I was just delighted to get mine on here finally. LOL

    This bread poem is amazing; encompassing so many aspects of life and food. I’ll read this again now. From serious to funny it holds the spectrum.

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  21. Jingle says:

    so many ways looking at life /personality..

    love each perspective, well done.
    super delicious entry,.

    A++

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  22. Excellent! I love it! Blessings to you…

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  23. tigerbrite says:

    But on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
    So many truths here Victoria πŸ˜‰

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  24. LadyNimue says:

    thats an amazing poem style !
    And you chose a wprthy topic for it
    Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

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  25. bendedspoon says:

    so delightful bread talk! πŸ™‚

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  26. Carl says:

    I love this one! This is a wonderful take on the theme!

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  27. kolembo says:

    Oooo, I love it, and well done for sitting down with the theme…it delivers a rich, focussed read! iv, v and eight have repeating motiff’s to them which I like very much, Only v’s .’like people’ feels like it’s searching for an image of sweet and sour people…?

    Seen you all round the place a lot this week, much respect for watching you plug in, seeing the process. Inspiring.

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  28. lunawitch15 says:

    that was really neat writing there!
    mmm, now i want some! πŸ˜‰

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  29. Good lines there –and you have broadened my outlook on bread as well as poetry styles.. loved the comparision of dough with people.

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  30. Jamie Dedes says:

    Victoria, I love this. I like the sequence, but mostly I just like the little vignettes rolling by … Too clever!

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  31. ds says:

    I like this. Mr. Stevens would be proud. You have baked your “loaf” perfectly.

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  32. Nanka says:

    Like the new look for your blog !! Neat πŸ™‚
    The Poetry in sequence is very interesting and I enjoyed your take on my favorite topic ‘Bread’ πŸ™‚ It is curiously amusing the way it connects to daily life and living.
    You couldn’t have been more correct when you say
    “a common denominator
    across civilizations”

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