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Contributor Series 8: Feast and Famine, Lessons in Vegetarianism

04.06.11 Posted in Contributor Series 8, today's words by

Contributor Series 8: Feast and Famine
Lessons in Vegetarianism
By Margaret Beaver


Let the oil simmer, til it sizzles little pops,
this expectant, odorless sauce in which to
saute juicy slices of red peppers, raw mushrooms
white and thick with black filaments.


Chop onions into slight transparent squares 
and add to the building sizzle. Let stew sit until
ready to pile onto a bed of fluffy brown rice–
add curry spice in perhaps incorrect order.


Sit, discontent, with a flimsy container of tofu
unsure what to do so as to ensure the rich texture
so frequently found in Asian restaurants.
Make sure next time to buy a good cookbook.

Margaret Beaver’s most recent poem to appear at vox poetica was For the Passage of Time, published in December 2010.

4 Responses to “Contributor Series 8: Feast and Famine, Lessons in Vegetarianism”

  1. Loved the build up and then the HAHA

  2. Gracie says:

    This is a great poem! I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to make a tikka masala only to have it come out sort of odd.

  3. Maureen says:

    Been here! Wonderful poem!

  4. Sarah says:

    A delight for the senses including the funny bone.

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