Sunday, September 29, 2013

Poetry: Fueled by Alcohol

The White Horse Tavern where Dylan Thomas famously drank himself to death.

The Bar None Group has been on a literary bender this week highlighting poems with an underlying theme of alcohol. This week there was: a one night stand; a song of bourbon; a toast to a brother; an alcoholiday in Ireland and; the determination of sobriety.

Over the years the Bar None Group has served up some poems with a twist of alcohol. Here are some poems and poets featured within our pages. We serve them up Old Fashioned (classic) and Cosmopolitan (modern).


Old Fashioned

Winding River — Du Fu (618–907)
Alone and Drinking Under the Moon — Li Po (701–762)
The Sot-Weed Factor — Ebenezer Cook (ca. 1670 – ca. 1732)
The Little Vagabond — William Blake (1757–1827)
Intoxication — Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867)
King Witlaf's Drinking-Horn — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
Derelict — Young Ewing Allison (1853–1932)


Cosmopolitan

Me and My Bottle — Steve Elsaesser
Patron Shots With My Brother — Ayala Zarfjian
I Wish I Knew — Alan Jankowski
Le Fée Verte, Absinthe — Jamie Dedes
El Jimador — Teresa Puente
The 5AM Curse — Kevin Rudd
Drunk Dialing — Nicole Bataclan
Half a Pint of Beer — Julie Laing
Ode to Harry's Bar — Mark Butkus


Alan Jankowski whom I became acquainted with by his sobriquet — Dirty Martini — reminded me that he has a poem about a martini. Which got us to thinking...what poems and poets are we missing from this list that you would like to see included in a new feature on the Bar None Group pages that we will call Happy Hour?

Thanks for dropping by. We will leave you with a cure for the inevitable hangover.