In our ongoing series of articles designed to educate our bacon-loving audience about the finer, more sophisticated aspects of bacon culture, we home to entertain as well. Because good art, no matter how classy and avant-garde, should first and foremost move us. Art that leaves us feeling nothing has failed; but art that is able to make us feel something profound has succeeded.
While bacon has many fine art applications, many of the pure genius, we feel that our discussion of the literary arts has been somewhat lacking of late. To remedy that, today we have decided to focus on the fantastic cultural riches that bacon poetry has to offer.
All around the world, bacon poetry is beginning to gain in popularity. As part of this year’s Baconfest Chicago, the fest ran a poetry contest sponsored by Illinois Pork Producers, and to quote the site, th judges were completely “blown away” by the quality of the entries. The top six excellent entries have already been selected, and winners will be announced soon! We can’t wait.
The fine folks over at Porkopolis, a website devoted to love of pigs in all their forms (including the edible parts) have a fantastic Library section that features a great deal of poetry, much of it about bacon. The poem simply entitled “Bacon” by cowboy poet Badger Clark is definitely one of out favourties.
In addition to brilliant poetry on the subject of bacon, there are also some exception poets who bear the name bacon. One of the most famous, of course, is Sir Francis Bacon, who was also a scholar and a politician. He went to Trinity College Cambridge at the tender age of 12, and by 23 was already seated in the House of Commons. Perhaps one of his most famous quotations is on the subject of literature itself: ”Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
Another great bacon-named writer is the American poet Leonard Bacon, who also worked as a translator and literary critic. He retired from teaching at the University of California Berkeley in 1923, the first year he began writing original poems. His book, Sunderland Capture, won the Pulitzer Pirze for poetry in 1940.
Writing Your Own Bacon Poetry
Just because masterful poets have existed in the past and continue to write great bacon poems today doesn’t mean that you can’t try your hand at writing some yourself. Pick up and pen and write some lines – we’d love to read what you come up with! And if you’re having some trouble getting started, why not try this magnetic bacon poetry to start the creative juices flowing?