"Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul." --Dorothy Day, an American journalist
While cheese and poetry are indubitably the subjects of the site's discussion,"Cheese Meets Poetry" does not explicitly reveal how cheese and poetry meet. In many reviews, I tend to start out with a brief analysis on a short poem I have read and then proceed to match it up with a cheese I sampled and was reminded of. Criteria include cheeses' flavor, aroma, history, texture, and poems' tone, history, and subject matter. I created “Flash Poetry” on CheeseMeetsPoetry.com to share spontaneous thoughts and raw ideas -- first thoughts often are the most authentic.
Cheese Meets Poetry was created out of a need for a site that encompasses both of my hobbies; and, I just happen to have an affinity for anomalies. I was a member of my school's literary magazine's staff, and have written poetry that is recognized both in and out of school. Now that I am off at college, it's unfortunately harder to find artisan cheese around campus--the sacrifices I make to have a good education..
I order a cheese plate at every restaurant that serves it. In following my senses of taste and smell, I have savored over 175 unfamiliar cheeses and expanded my intelligence on cheese and the cheese industry. From June to August 2011, I interned alongside Max McCalman in exploring every area of Artisanal’s business — from practicing affinage, to editing cheese class presentations to fielding customer service calls. In the future, I hope to initiate a community nutrition program focused around cheese’s near perfect nutritional benefits to educate undernourished kids about this near-perfect, nutrient-packed food.