W. H. Auden visits the Café North Pole by Kirsty Law

Smoked salmon in my opinion
is an overrated dish
but please feel free to try
particularly picked fish.

in their absence
vegetables are conspicuous.

Half rotten shark and tail of whale
should certainly be tried although
owing to the smell
should be consumed outside.

Beware the browned potatoes,
a Danish barbarism.

Most unspeakable lemonade
and very unfortunate soups
that taste of scented hair oil
hard macaroni and sweet milk.

Pickled sheep’s udders are
surprisingly, very nice.

Artwork by Faye Spencer.

About the poem: ‘The poem is made up from fragments of an excerpt from Auden and MacNeice’s  ‘Letters From Iceland’. Auden’s reaction to Icelanic food and culture made me chuckle :)’ Kirsty Law.

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