Weekend Warrior 2/22/13

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In honor of Harryette Mullen’s tremendous lecture last night, this week’s writing prompt asks you to consider your own poetics of soul food. What foods have shaped your story, or more importantly, what is the history of these foods in relation to the people, events, and places that have shaped your story? Mullen’s lecture last night placed her definition of soul food in the context of literature, tracing the shifting, and sometimes opposing, metaphors that these foods represent. What is the metaphor of the food that “feeds your soul?”

A few ideas:
• A recipe embedded in a poem or narrative
• The history of a dish in cultural, social, or historical context
• Use the language of cooking to discuss a social or cultural point

Happy Writing!