Did you know it’s British Sandwich Week, 20-26 May? Yes – there really is a day (or week) for everything. And in celebration, our Friday Poem is Katherine Stansfield’s ‘How to make a good crisp sandwich’.
This is a poem that really does what it says on the tin: ‘crisps don’t work alone’, the poet warns, then proceeds to carefully list the potential permutations of this most British of sandwiches. ‘Who does this sandwich want to be?’ You may not have asked yourself this question before – so grab the bread, open a pack of crisps, and ponder.
Katherine Stansfield’s poetic debut, Playing House is marked by a concise wit, a distinct voice and an unsettling view of the domestic.
‘Striking imagery, strange leaps of thought, wit and menace aside, the unmistakeable thrill of Katherine Stansfield’s poetry is in the voice. It addresses the world directly, takes it personally, and comes at the reader from constantly unexpected angles, a tangible, physical thing.’ Philip Gross
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6 thoughts on “Friday Poem – ‘How to make a good crisp sandwich’, Katherine Stansfield”
Reblogged this on a boy's head and commented:
I think there’s debate to be had here. For me it’s all about soft bread, thick butter and the satisfying crunch as you crush the crisps between the slices!
You sound like you have a lot of crisp sandwich making experience so we’ll accept your variation!
Reblogged this on Carolyn O' Connell and commented:
This is fun and clever too
Great poem to celebrate the sandwich, love the way she’s brought making it to life