Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hyacinth, Lust, and Figs

To warm you up for Valentine's, the lovely people over at the Academy of American Poets have posted a page for wooing sweethearts. No biggie, right? Those poets. When they're not tearing love down, they're building it up. But here's the twist of genius: they've "paired" each choice with a drink, sweet, and flower that resonates with the sensibility of the poem.

Here's my favorite:

by Stephen Dunn

She kissed me again,
reaching that place that sends messages to toes and fingertips,
then all the way to something like home.
Some music was playing on its own.

Drink: Port
Sweet: Chocolate Truffles
Flower: Hyacinth

If you need something hotter, D.H. Lawrence's Figs should suffice. You won't need any wine or sweets. Maybe just a very tall glass of ice water.

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