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Tuesday Eye-Opener: A Poem About Tortillas

by Kevin Coupe

This may be a first for MNB … a link to a poem about food.

More than just food, actually. Tortillas, specifically. Which, if you ask me, is the food item as worthy as any of poetry.

The piece is called “Ode To Tortillas, A Poem for Sunday,” it is in The Atlantic, and is written by Jose Olivarez.

It starts this way:

there’s two ways to be a Mexican writer

that we’ve discovered so far.

you can be the Mexican writer who writes about tortillas

or you can be the Mexican writer who writes about croissants

instead of the tortillas on their plate.

(can you be a Mexican writer if you’re allergic to corn?)

You can read the entire poem here.

Spoiler alert. Here’s how the poem ends:

my people: if i have children, i will teach them about tortillas, but i’m sure they’ll want McDonald’s.

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