Food Poetry: Baked Alaska

The intersection of food and poetry is a natural one: both are subjects that concern themselves with experience, memory, sense, and self. We've asked some of our favorite poets from around the world to share works that fuse the poetic with the edible. Here, a piece from Toronto-based Hoa Nguyen. See a gallery of last year's food poems »

Katie McBride

BAKED ALASKA

by Hoa Nguyen

It is possible You can
take whole parts of land chunk
of ice cream (pink) ice cream
mysterious meringue
Stuff it in a hot box hot How
is the trick of it baking
igloos with kin inside
They are they not real ice
cream white and pink
It's complicated

Hoa Nguyen is the author of eight books and chapbooks including_As Long As Trees Last (Wave, 2012). She currently lives in Toronto where she teaches poetics in a private workshop and curates a reading series. Wave Books will release_Red Juice_, a gathering of her early, uncollected poems, in September 2014._