Date of Award

Fall 2017

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Amanda Johnston


Food and people are arguably the poetic commonalities among us all. We eat together; we dine together, we snack together. Wherever we are on the planet, we derive pleasure from the source of our singular and communal energy. We share our food in the most intimate process: what sustains me I give to you to sustain yourself. We love when people appreciate what we have given them, and we are grateful when someone gives their food, or their poems, to us. They become expressions of love.

Food, and poetry, has a complexity of understanding and acceptance. What do we eat? Why do we eat? What do we write about? Why do we write about it? How do we love it?

Maxene Kupperman-Guiñals explores the meaning and taste of food and the connection among us when we share our nourishment. People from all over the planet are members of her family of the heart, and in her inspiration through food and family, she writes poems and creative nonfiction that commemorates her passion for all.