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food poetry

If you are a poet (therefore totally creative) and you are in Years 7 or 8 at an Australian School, why not enter our 2007 Gastronomy Competition - download the poetry category details from the bottom of this page.

Paul Mitchell (from Melbourne) has written poetry since his teens. He wrote one about a pair of board shorts, which his mother liked. One made his high school magazine. It was about a piece of fluff. Later ones got into university magazines. One was about a clown dancing on people's heads. Paul sent YG the following example of food poetry:

Bottled Water

I like the tank tops.
And I don’t mind the blue hats.
But why no trousers?
As if any of us
has something new to show.

Any one of us
might be pumped from a bath
or pulled down from a shower:
who would ever know?

Yet here we stand
for the Grand Door Opening,
the mighty hand that reaches in
takes one, yet leaves another.
As if there was some
difference between us.
Some truth to judgment.

This is a poem about plums by American Poet William Carlos Williams. Check out more of his work at

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

growing up / cooking food / knowing how / feeling good