The Wiles of Words



Philosopher Alan Watts claims “the menu is not the meal.” Yet anyone who has sat at a restaurant reading over a well written menu will have noticed the salivating effect words can have. They are Pavlov’s bell, and while they do sometimes lack the capacity to explain the ineffable, their ability to approximate sensorial experiences indicates not only their necessity but their influence. Words are powerful and the closer they get to communicating the veracity of experience the more influential they become. So, for those who love food as much as they love words, we invite you to take a look Jorge Argueta’s poem “La granada.” For more on the topic, Frank Bruni’s “Menus as Literature” provides a great perspective on understanding the literary character of menus. ¡Buen provecho!

La Granada by Jorge Argueta

Ríete reina
Enana y gorda
Ríete reina
Vestida a veces
de verde
o de morado
Ríete reina
fresca y roja
ríete conmigo
ríete de todo el mundo
Déjame escuchar
en mis labios
y en mi lengua
tu sonrisa

Ayyy qué rico morderte
Pero más rico
Es sentir que me muerdes

Diner’s Journal


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