Poems of Italian Food and Love, by Jennifer Barone with drawings by Lam Khong
USD $18. + $5 shipping Paperback, 81 pages
Upcoming book release events:
Saporoso A multi-media presentation on Italian food & Culture with Jennifer Barone:
Sunday October 8th, 2017 from 3-4pm
North Beach Library, 2nd floor, 850 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
Saporoso (Italian for “tasty”) is the latest collection of poems by Jennifer Barone in collaboration with artist Lam Khong. Saporoso reads like a robust, Italian dinner menu that explores the sensual nature of Italian culture, mythology, family, sex and love through Italian food and its natural, aphrodisiac qualities. As she states in her poem, “it is no small thing to eat” through making and sharing food, we find the basic thread of our humanity, connection to each other and ultimately an expression of love.
This newly updated, Second Edition by Feather Press includes three new poems, an additional section of the author’s family recipes, and features beautiful drawings by artist Lam Khong.
Jennifer Barone is an Italian-American poet and artist. She is the author of three books of poetry, her most recent: Saporoso - Poems of Italian Food & Love. She is known to collaborate with artists and musicians as founder and co-host of the monthly WordParty Poetry & Jazz Series. She has been a featured poet at LitQuake, The SFJazz Poetry & Jazz Festival, The SF Public Library, The Red Poppy Art House, SF MoMa, DeYoung, and The Beat Museum. She is a winner of the 2007 and 2012 SF Public Library’s Poets Eleven contest for North Beach where she resides and has been published in literary journals such as The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Quiet Lightning’s sPARKLE & bLINK. Visit: jenniferbarone.wordpress.com.
Lam Khong studied at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology; received his BFA from the College of Santa Fe, and MFA in Rome, Italy, through American University. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad including Berkeley, Boston, Denver, Florida, New York, Rome, and Santa Fe.
What people are saying:
"Saporoso fulfills you like you dream an idealistic, Italian dinner should. Jennifer is your cook, tenderly serving you delicious, lyrical morsels that touch your heart, down to your gut with nutritious grains of substance. The simple but brilliant complexion is the key to its heartiness — how she pairs figs not only to Buddha's Bodhi tree but to her own interpretation of its sensual representations. These poems use elemental ingredients to explore the world in front of her. Lam's subtle but brilliant artwork is the perfect pairing. The illustrations so poetic and revealing, they resemble the glass of vino I had by my hand as I read through the pages, each time coming upon them, digesting them as if in a hearty sip. The beauty is that you can do more than order the taster's menu, you can slowly devour every plate and then keep coming back for more. This book, always open to serve you." — Mark Eisner, author of Neruda, The Poet's Calling
"Saporoso is like savoring a four-course meal with your love in southern Italy on a summer evening. Barone's collection is organized as such — Il menu includes antipasti, primi, secondi, and naturally ends with dolce. These rich poems taste of virgin olive oil and pulpy lemon, peach flesh and warm bread. Barone’s artful and sensual language not only celebrate the earthly pleasures of food, but also of the body: "you fit gently inside my palm / when warmed with oil / you soften and lie / like a lover post-ecstasy / limp and lofty / across a bed of greens." With its gorgeous illustrations by Lam Khong, Saporoso, is a book you will relish and remember." — Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito Poet Laureate and author of Score and Bone
"There are very few books to be eaten. But, today, I discovered that book. Our poet actually cooked it, spreading flavors of indecipherable textures to seduce the human palate and catch the senses: "juicy and dangerous, she makes a delicious mess splattering love and oceans." It has moments torn from another time; divine recipes of gods living in the hands of this alchemist of metaphors. It has the secret touch of love, the secret love of touch, fearlessly casting a poetic spell: "satisfaction tastes like fingers full of chocolate." Eating poetry is what we have always wanted. Today full of joy, I announce my resignation to continue eating food placed in dishes. Today, I announce the beginning of a feast of words in this book of salty verses, sweet silences, crisp stanzas, and juicy poems. Today I will "feed the flame of hidden ecstasy and I will taste the salt of the earth in your body," that will be my food to live this life. Saporoso is the necessary food for pleasure seekers, for secret lovers and for connoisseurs of great taste in food and love." — Adrian Arias, award-winning artist, poet and author of Beautiful Trash: The Lost Library
"Saporoso is an erotic feast of the senses. As tenderly prepared as a sumptuous Italian banquet. Barone, an Italian-American born in a southern Italian neighborhood of Brooklyn, fires up her “Poetry of Pasta” in a passionate paen to the bello of her life and love. She merges physical ecstasy with spiritual rapture. Every ingredient, fruit, vegetable, herb and morsel is a vivid anatomical part of her lover to be savored and immortalized, recalling the beautifully sensuous poems of Neruda's Captain's Verses, written in Capri, where not by coincidence Barone married and drew inspiration from. Some poems include her mother's recipes and the exquisite illustrations by Lam Khong of various edibles, likewise immortalize their natural beauty, complementing Barone's poetry with elegant resonance." — Genny Lim, SFJazz Poet Laureate and author of Paper Gods and Rebels
"Barone paints a sensual farmer’s market of delights full of textures, aromas, glimpses of color and whisps of yearning. Through a careful examination of a lemon, a loaf of bread, the moon, she unravels the intimate specificity of the experience of being alive. Barone’s poetry will heighten the senses and serves up the delicious flavors of life." — Philip T. Nails, founder of the LA Poetry Society and author of Evidence
"Saporoso is tasty, sensuous, delicious, nutritious for the body and soul. Its menu offers up the history of fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, food-gathering and love-gathering, relationships, familial and erotic, desire and hunger - perhaps approaching (or always pursuing) satiation. It all comes together in an inter-continental pot au feu, a luscious dessert that will draw you to the table. Reading Saporoso is like lining up for seconds at your sister’s table: you know your meal is going to be full of familiar seasonings to satisfy your palate; there’s also a good chance you’ll be sweetly surprised by some new flavors whose import you missed on your first serving. Gorgeous drawings by Lam Khong accompany the poems, to whet our appetites." — Norma Smith, author of the upcoming poetry collection Home Remedy
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