Regarding Wine and Poetry, Three Notable Differences

1
Baudelaire recommends always to be drunk — on wine, for instance, or poetry. I consume much of the former — and would much of the latter, as well, were there more palatable examples of it.

2
One can become drunk on either wine or poetry, that’s true. The difference, however, is this: few vintners take pleasure in the difficulty with which their product is consumed.

3
Wine is served at poetry readings with a view to rendering the event more tolerable. Notably, there is not an equal but opposite example of this.

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2 thoughts on “Regarding Wine and Poetry, Three Notable Differences

  1. 1
    You can always/usually pour a bad wine down your throat but there’s no shotgunning bad (or even mediocre) poetry.

    2
    Pommard? Amarone? Rioja Reserva in the morning?

    3
    2010 Freemark Abbey –> Whitman
    2013 Montague –> Van Duyn
    Vinho Verde –> Cummings
    2004 Mischa Shiraz –> Browning (male varietal)

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