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The Edible Novel

An Ekphrastic Sonnet

By D. J. ReddallPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Jungho Lee, "Sabbath Morning," 2015

How frequently do we use metaphor

Gustatory, culinary, of taste

To describe how that novel in a drawer

Made the hours given to it no waste?

Sinking our teeth into a narrative

Biting off denser prose than we can chew

Finding scenes distasteful, hard to forgive

Savoring a delicious point of view

Diction can be sweet, sour or salty

Plots can be half-baked, ineptly prepared

Characters can seem stale, foul or crusty

Settings fresh, to old recipes compared

The reader’s mind has both tongue and palate

Not every tale is fit for its clean plate


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D. J. Reddall

I write because my time is limited and my imagination is not.

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Comments (9)

  • Rachel Sabout a month ago

    very well put down and thought provoking...

  • Delightful! A delicious morsel… a good book is one of the best feasts we can enjoy.

  • Kodah2 months ago

    The last line was like a cherry on top! Incredibly done! 💌

  • I devoured your yummy poem! So brilliantly tasty!

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Well done DJ.

  • Holden Atencio2 months ago

    Dr. Reddall, your writing is like how Jungho Lee's illustrations portray things. Each one is a world of its own to appreciate.

  • Mark Gagnon2 months ago

    I hope our conversations about poetry are at least in part responsible for this.

  • Andrea Corwin 2 months ago

    oh ho ho....is it time for dinner? JK - this is superb, as always. Who did those wonderful pictures to go with your insightful ekphrastic? Sinking our teeth, biting off more; half-baked and stale.. great, great, great!!!💕

  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    I have often wondered what certain tomes and tales would taste like if we could eat them.

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