Friday, October 8, 2010

A feast of poems

Not much cooking is going on around here at the moment, because we're getting organised for Sunday's launch of Harvey's new poetry anthology These I Have Loved: My favourite New Zealand poems, published by Steele Roberts. Beattie's Book Blog today has a really lovely post about it.

To give you a taste of what's inside, I've chosen one poem that just happens to be about food, along with what Harvey writes about why he chose it.

“When I was young a trip to town (Christchurch) by Pop or Mum usually resulted in a packet of butcher’s saveloys. In a regular diet of home-killed mutton, they were a colourful treat. Anne can’t believe that I still like them. Tasteless things, she says. Elizabeth will probably be horrified at my selection of this poem out of her ample array, but like her, for childhood’s sake, I still enjoy my saveloy.”


Elizabeth Smither
Why should one long for something
supposedly composed of sawdust
or sweepings and bulked up with
excessive breadcrumbs? Coloured

like a tart’s lips and typically
when the water in the pot comes to boil
steeping out of her underthings
or worse, looking like a condom?

And yet, sometimes passing the butcher’s
I compose a worthy list: eye fillet
and a nice beef roast (special visitors)
and just casually, like childhood, a saveloy.

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Sandra - too heavy to stand on a soapbox, but undeterred said...

Oh I love that Anne. I may have to type it up and stick it on my kitchen wall, perhaps over the gap where corpse of a switch to something unknown was recently removed.

I looked down upon saveloys as a teenager, much to the amusement of my Dad. He is tactfully silent now as I pull them out to feed my own children with great relief over their popularity and ease of prep. Fantastic food for after a rugby league game (under eights!).

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy for you and Harvey, Anne! This is great. Also enjoyed reading "Love is" on Beattie's Book Blog. :)

sasasunakku said...

Like a tart's lips! Love it.