Brenda Smith shares her poem inspired by the iconic Andy Warhol painting at Art of Poetry on December 3, 2016. The March event at Hickory Museum of Art will begin at 2 pm on March 18, 2017. Submissions are due March 4 to be included in the series.
CAMPBELL’S SCOTCH BROTH SOUP
after “Campbell’s Scotch Broth Soup” by Andy Warhol
Andy, this oversized can of soup takes us back
to our youth, to those days we thought you cool, even groovy.
A can of soup could be art! You’re a genius.
You copy a can label with geometric precision.
A bit of history on the canvas, that eye-grabbing
descriptor—manhandler. No one chastised you
for such sexism. We just grabbed up the Scotch Broth.
What the heck is that anyway? 10 and 3/4 ounces of liquid lunch.
Condensed. Art and advertisement. Sexism and soup.
We sucked it all down without a thought.
I think cans of soup used to be more ounces. I just saw a 12-ounce package of hot dogs! What would Warhola make of all this?