NOTES: Some poems are puzzles, and to me “Hungerpots” is a good example of such a poem. I was drawn to it by the rhythms of its contradictions, which are embodied in the title (a neologism of the poet’s), where the cooking pot serves up the very thing it is supposed to alleviate. I knew that the poem was written to accompany a work by the Dutch sculptor Bas Maters, but as I read and reread it, the images it generated seemed to come from the worlds of Brueghel or Bosch.—JP
Source: Poetry (May 2010).
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