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Flash Poem: Empowerment by Maddie G

Posted by Maddie on November 7, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Empowerment by Maddie G

A third world is shattered

 But we wear 2D glasses.

We own mirrors in our homes too.

For the first time

I listened. I listened to

this motivational speaker

whose speech resonated with my hopes

but pulled it out in front to me, so I could see.

A third world is shattered

But we wear 2D glasses.

We own mirrors in our homes too.

For the first time, 

I noticed that this smile 

is a leap out of frustration 

and into change.

A third world is shattered

But we wear 2D glasses. 

We own mirrors in our homes too.

For the first time,

I feel that change is around us

People are doing

People are speaking 

People are hearing.

Alarm clocks have gone off

They are well into their second cup of coffee.

One person is enough.


A third world is shattered

And we wear 3D glasses--

This is what Innovation over time does.

We own mirrors in our homes three.

Inspired by a motivational speaker of , Seth, who spoke at our school today.

Flash Poem: Waiting By Maddie G

Posted by Maddie on November 6, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)


The lights

are blinding. 

A tug of war

pulling at the chest,

From the North and South poles

Falling a long way down

Or inching closer to the clouds--

The darkness is blinding:

A shot in the dark.

Knowing what's vertical, not horizontal.

A gun to the chest. 

A spinning compass, spinning questions, non-negotiable answers.

The answer lies in a directionless somewhere.

Just waiting to hear the echo of the trigger.

No edits, merely a stream of consciousness type of writing tonight--raw. Completed in 3 minutes. 


Maddie G

@cheeseandpoetry Twitterfeed

Posted by Maddie on November 6, 2011 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (1)

I post a lot to my twitter page, in addition to . With currently 345 tweets and over 180 followers, you can rely on updated cheese and poetry content here too!

Feel free to see my cheese photos, interesting links I found about cheese or poetry (or on the rare occasion, both!) , and get updates when I post a new blog post here. A lot of people contact me via Twitter because they are always on Twitter anyway, so don't hesitate to contact me through there as well!

To cheese producers: If you would like me to sample your cheese and write a review on it, please contact me at or Twitter. I have had a great time trying new cheeses and matching them up with a poem. Thanks to those who've sent me cheese thus far!

Click here to get to my twitter page:!/cheeseandpoetry/

Flash Poem by Maddie G: The Physics of Motivation

Posted by Maddie on November 4, 2011 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (19)

The Physics of Motivation (Inspired by physics classes on friction and acceleration) Written in 3 minutes.

Tires create treds

Like she leaves a mark

On her path.

The added acceleration--

When no car is in sight: no cones, no traffic

Like the clench of a fist--

The tug of rope in war...

Just the grip of the tire to the ground.

Moving forward Pressing down Pushing back

Flash poetry is the best when you want to write a poem but you are tired enough that the idea of writing a long poem is unattainable. The best strategy (my personal strategy) is to write a poem at 2 am or later--the later the better-- and get images, themes, ideas, words all out onto a Flash poem. (notice that it is 1:40 am right now) Tomorrow morning, first thing when you wake up, revise, revise, revise. Add more if desired, cut words if necessary, and voila! You've got yourself a raw poem inspired by a flash poem. I find that I don't have much time to spare now that I'm in the midst of the college process. Here is how my poems still remain genuine, yet require less time. I encourage you to write a flash poem yourself, and use your seeds of spontaneous ideas and craft it into a masterpiece.

Let me know how this works for you! Comment below or email me at Looking foward to reading your flash poetry!


Flash Poem Inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth

Posted by Maddie on November 2, 2011 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (8)

Shedding by Maddie G

Shedding secrets like washing hands.

Scrub between the webs of fingers--

Intricate webs of secrets do reveal

Another perspective that we do feel. 

Written in under 2 minutes.



Where We're Mentioned Around the Web

Posted by Maddie on October 30, 2011 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (4)

1. Cheese Web: The Cheese Wire, February 2011: 

"Best Cheese Blogs of the Month: Some fantastic blogs can be found on the internet devoted to our shared passion, cheese. Some have even taken to immortalising their love of cheese in poetry..."

2. Madame Fromage:

"Maddie, a lit lovin' cheesemongeress at Artisanal, launched a cheese and poetry web."  



"Sure, aged gouda pairs perfectly with a nice cabernet sauvignon, and a stinky Stilton balances nicely with a sweet port wine — but what happens when a double cream like Brillat-Savarin is paired with Emily Dickinson? [Cheese and Poetry]"


5 Most Expensive Cheeses

Posted by Maddie on October 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Now you know!

1. Donkey Cheese

2.Caciocavallo Podolico

3. Moose cheese

4. Bitto

5.Gorau Glas

TIME MAGAZINE: Cheese is the Most Stolen Food on Earth

Posted by Maddie on October 23, 2011 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

From Time Magazine:

From Megan Gibson:


This is not gouda news for supermarkets. (Sorry.)

The Center for Retail Research in Britain found that shoplifting, especially of food and grocery products, had risen in the past six months. And after crunching the numbers they found that cheese is the most frequently stolen food item in the world. According to their data, an astonishing 4% of the world's cheese ends up stolen, which is high enough to have it pegged as a "high-risk" food for retailers.

Now for those who don't think cheese is the greatest food on the planet may be surprised to learn that the dairy product is stolen even more often than alcohol or junk food. However, for NewsFeed and anyone with taste — including, it would seem, quite a few criminals — this is no surprise. You could even say it's to brie expected. (We'll stop now.)

Fairway Does Not Believe in Affinage. Artisanal and Murray's does...

Posted by Maddie on October 23, 2011 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (14)

Can you taste the difference in the cave aged cheeses? I took this on my Sunday morning grocery shopping to Fairway. I just don't buy cheeses there. Read this article about the difference between Artisanal, Murray's and Fairway: Thoughts?

Photo taken by Maddie G

"Anonymous" (2011) Questions Shakespeare's Identity

Posted by Maddie on October 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Shakespeare was a brilliant writer, it is a pity that some people care more about who actually wrote the plays rather than enjoy the beautiful sonnets. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, there is a movie called "Anonymous," which is about the controversy of Shakespeare's identity. Apparently, some researchers believe Shakespeare was a fraud. In fact the tagline of "Anonymous" is "Was Shakespeare A Fraud." The trailer includes the question, "What if i told you shakespeare never wrote a single word?" See for yourself:

As my final Shakespeare's World project, I hope to do a research paper on the true identity of Shakespeare. Personally, I believe that he has wrote all 37 plays and all 154 sonnets. I believe this is ultimately for entertainment and monetary purposes. 

In my English class, we discussed this controversy, reading articles that pose Edward de Vere as the true writer, matching up his life story with the plots of the plays. If you have time, you could read this:

What do Max McCalman and NASA have in common?

Posted by Maddie on October 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (4)

I learned from Max during the professional Master Class that NASA called him about why the Russians were bringing Parmesan up to space:

Read Max's comment:

Max's choice: "it's concentrated, hard cheese from Switzerland that I call the great-great-grandfather of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Apparently, the Italians learned how to make Parm through Sbrinz. But Parm is made with skim milk, while Sbrinz is made with whole, so all the butterfat stays within the cheese and it tastes like a perfectly balanced butter. It's got a pretty good wallop of savory umami as well. All you need is a little bit to be satisfied. Plus, it doesn't have that salty, hard edge that Parm can have and it's never excessively sour or bitter. I told NASA they should bring it into space because it doesn't go bad over time - it gets better and offers more nutrition in a small package than any other food. We had a wheel at Artisanal that was aged for eight years, and once we cracked it open it was gone within a week, it was so good."

Serve with: Raw, unfiltered honey ($9 for two pieces of honeycomb at the Union Square market). " The Sbrinz is more savory, so the sweet honey balances that. The honey and the Sbrinz provide near-complete nutrition."

Pair with: A 1995 Krug vintage champagne ($235; "The smooth texture, light acid, good fruit and elegance brings out the buttery aspect of the cheese. But if you don't want to splurge, you can also try a Bouvet Brut ($12.95;".