Midnight Feasts


What are your food memories? Your temptations, the taste ticklers, the deep indulgences? A. F. Harrold has harvested a feast of food-flavoured poetry in ‘Midnight Feasts‘. Poetry from a wide variety of nations, palates and experiences is shared in this banqueting book.

What do you think of when you look at a bowl of yogurt? Do you think, like poet Imtiaz Dharker. ‘I could complicate this bowl of yoghurt’. Do you think of ‘mint and cucumber‘ or ‘mango pulp‘.  Thereafter, what is your feeling about lemons? Do you consider its ‘clean taste bewitches,/ makes tongues dance‘? Or possibly that you should ‘never trust a lemon-/ it’s a melon in disguise‘.

John Harvey compares his beloved to bread in that he ‘always sees the good in you/ the bread and butter pudding too’. Meanwhile Jude Simpson shares her family’s eating preferences, so that while ‘Dad likes a casserole, Mum prefers a roast/ Jenny likes rice pudding but only on toast.’ 

Bookwagon loves the variety, history, humour, nostalgia, skill,12.99 humanity and information in this outstanding poetry selection. We recommend ‘Midnight Beasts‘ to families and schools.

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Midnight Feasts

Tasty poems chosen by

A. F. Harrold, illustrated by Katy Riddell

(Bloomsbury)– hardback

What would you choose for your ‘Midnight Feasts’? That’s the task for A.F. Harrold. He has gathered poetry from every quarter, like a veritable banquet, to tempt and satisfy every palate.
Could you be a gravy aficionado? Daniel Cockrill suggests that ‘Gina’s Gravy’ ‘gave a mediocre roast/ something to boast about.’ Meanwhile Barnsley’s Poet Laureate, Ian McMillan offers that Yorkshire pudding is the ‘queen of starters’.
I’m with Joseph Coelho of A Year of Nature Poems. His ‘Halloween’s Crumble’ describes ‘the juiciest berries‘ dangling from ‘the barbed canes’. My mouth waters… It waters too, as my eyes mist, when reading James Carter’s ‘Sweet Meadow’ with ‘paper bags/ [of] blackjacks,  -white mice,/ –  multi-coloured chocolate drops….‘ Nick Toczek reminds us ‘We’re Lucky’ with ‘water in the summer heat./  _ fridges full of things to eat.’ 
The range of poets, poetry, devices, themes and topics within this food umbrella is huge. A. F. Harrold has created a food festival of poetry. Bookwagon is proud to recommend ‘Midnight Feasts’. 


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