MUSIC TO READ BY

Recipe Poems

simplicity by Lois Baer Barr

Recipe for Disaster by Jonathan Pacic

Affogato by Lettie

Fall Harvest by Holly Mitchell

The Apple by Kerry Ruef

Brunswick Stew by Lyle Estill

Two Poems by Brenda Butka

Bread by Eva Szabo

Squash Blossoms by Allison Wilkins

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

simplicity

by Lois Baer Barr

January 2015    


simplicity
is much over rated
I prefer a paella life
and I don’t mind the fire
if you don’t forget
the sofrito and veggies
the meats and short grained
arros à Pals
rice reborn where Franco
poisoned the earth
is best

soak the clams with cornmeal
so they spit out their sand
devein shrimp leaving shells intact

don’t make a big deal
about chicken broth
a good boxed one will do
Pimentón and saffron are essential

do not stir
turn up the fire at the end
rotate the pan
for a crunchy golden crust
then let me rest under your best dishtowel
blush at the applause when you unveil me

 



  A professor at Lake Forest College, Lois Baer Barr teaches Cocina y cultura, poetry and creative writing in Spanish. Her stories and poems appear in anthologies, zines and journals here and abroad. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice, and her chapbook Biopoesis won Poetica’s 2013 chapbook contest. Author photo by Ed Levin.

 

Photo used under Creative Commons.