Recipe Poems

Our Table by Joan Seliger Sidney

Recipe for Spaghetti all'Amatriciana by Georganne Harmon

The Agony of the Leaves by Gail Bellamy

Greens by Paulette Licitra

Strudel by Eva Szabo

The Almost Adulterer's Guide to Menu Planning by Michele Battiste

The Pie Series by David Colagiovanni, Melissa Haviland, and Becca J.R. Lachman

Midsummer's Night's Spaghetti with Saffron by Johannes Berchtold

A Cannibal's Suicide by Dean Kostos

From the Garden by Nancy Vienneau

orang slizez jell o shotz by Amy Stetzl

Phở bò Hà Nội by Kelly Morse

Cooking Class, Marrakesh by Georganne Harmon

Spread Triolet by Dana Stamps

The Things Kids Eat by Paulette Licitra

Maybe This Year by Esther Cohen

Braociole by Joseph Bathanti

Basque Cooking by Richard Hedderman

Two Poems by Adrienne Christian

Jailhouse Crack by Harlan Richards

Cinnamon Sticks by Wally Swist

Best of Both by Nancy Vienneau

Our Table

by Joan Seliger Sidney

April 2014    


Days when
relatives come
to visit and stay for
nights, the kitchen table becomes
our bed.

Luba
and I keep warm
with goosefeather pillows,
quilt. If not for Mama’s shaking
the coal

stove, we’d
sleep till breakfast,

Luba kvetches. Mama
needs to heat the room before we
can eat.

Mama
shovels in coal,
sweeps ashes off the floor,
washes her black hands, peels and grates
potatoes,

onions,
beats eggs, adds matzoh
meal, oil, mixes kugel
then slides the pan into our brick
oven.

It hurts
my eyes to see
Mama work non-stop hard.
I set out plates, cups, napkins, knives
slice bread

and cheese
by myself while
Princess Luba, Mama
jokes, oversees. With both eyes closed,
I think.

 



  Joan Seliger Sidney's Blessed And Bereft was just published by Antrim House. Body of Diminishing Motion: Poems and a Memoir was published by CavanKerry Press. Joan has received individual artist’s poetry fellowships from Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, also a Visiting Faculty Fellowship from Yale.