Poets break silence on subject of cheese!
More than a decade ago, Lynn Luck, an artist friend in Texas, gave me and my husband a floor cloth on which she painted clusters of grapes and a round of cheddar cheese perched on a breadboard. Her cheese art has hung on a wall in our various kitchens ever since, in part because of its frame, which was a very curious quote from the prolific English writer G.K. Chesterton: “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” In case you are interested in the context, the line is contained in Chesterton’s delightful short essay “Cheese,” in “Alarms and Discursions.”In the years before and since, I’ve been acquainted with many poets — many of whom display a great fondness for cheese, particularly at poetry receptions, where cheap wine also is served. In honor of National Poetry Month — and in honor of cheese — I issued the challenge to a few local poets to break the silence. What follows are the musings of Columbia poets — including my poet husband, Scott Cairns — on the subject of cheese.