7 Poems About Wine, Because It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

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Right up there with the whole starving artist stereotype is the drunk artist stereotype. Depictions of creative types getting tanked abound in the popular imagination. Whether it's Jackson Pollock splattering with a cig and a brew or Charles Bukowski getting into bar fights, artists and writers are known for their penchant for alcohol. Perhaps no writer in the last 200 years of literature said it better than Charles Baudelaire, who wrote: "Get drunk! Stay drunk! On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!"

I'm not advocating for alcohol abuse or anything, but all those artists and writers might have been onto something: a reasonable quantity of wine may make you more creative. The wine blog Vinepair reports that folks with a moderate BAC level (0.075)  "were ... more likely to come up with 'sudden insights,' since they didn't spend as much time overthinking challenges."

Well, then! If you're looking to celebrate the grape and its myriad powers, look no further than poetry. Given what the tannic beverage has offered quaffers, you know these stanzas are going to be special. So find your perfect pour and let yourself stumble onto those "sudden insights" that a moderate glass can facilitate, enjoying a few poems in the process.

1"I taste a liquor never brewed (214)" by Emily Dickinson

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2"Wine" by Pierre Martory

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3"Thirst" by Laura Cronk

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4"Sad Wine (I)" by Cesar Pavese

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5"Wine Tasting" by Kim Addonizio

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6"The Ragpickers' Wine" by Charles Baudelaire

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7"Michael's Wine" by Sandra Alcosser

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