A Recipe for Salad
To make this condiment your poet begs
The pounded yellow of two hard boiled eggs;
Two boiled potatoes, passed through kitchen sieve,
Smoothness and softness to the salad give;
Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,
And, half suspected, animate the whole;
Of mordant mustard add a single spoon,
Distrust the condiment that bites so soon;
But deem it not, thou man of herbs, a fault
To add a double quantity of salt;
Four times the spoon with oil from Lucca crown,
And twice with vinegar, procured from town;
And lastly, o’er the flavored compound toss
A magic soupçon of anchovy sauce.
O green and glorious! O herbaceous treat!’
'T would tempt the dying anchorite to eat;
Back to the world he ’d turn his fleeting soul,
And plunge his fingers in the salad-bowl;
Serenely full, the epicure would say,
“Fate cannot harm me,—I have dined to-day.”
By Sydney Smith (1771–1845)
Aspic of the Moon: Three Quarter
take a full moon, a thick
disk of light, suspend
it quivering in fog
so the whole jellied night is silver
inside and out
so we wait whispering
in our lawnchairs
the evening congealing
around us in our plastic baskets
under the catawba tree
a slow thing
until it is served up
mainly the moon, trembling
on midnight’s cold plate
somebody’s already taken
By Brenda Butka
From Alimentum, Recipe Poems.
Many more recipe poems here:http://www.alimentumjournal.com/two-poe ... RAGvpPF8Zc
A Recipe for Whisky
Wring the Scottish rain clouds dry;
Take sleet, the driving snow, the hail;
Winter twilight; the summer's sun slowed down
to pearl-sheen dusk on hillsides, city-roofs,
on lochs at midnight.
And, most of all, take the years that have already run
to dust, the dust we spill behind us…
All this, distill. And cask. And wait.
The senselessness of human things resolves
to who we are – our present fate.
Let's taste, let's savour and enjoy.
Let's share once more.
Another glass for absent friends. Pour
until the bottle's done.
Here's life! Here's courage to go on!
from Without a Backward Glance: New and Selected Poems
(Manchester: Barzan, 2005)
A Recipe for Sea Water
Over a bed of sand
To 105 parts (cold) of H2O
Add 10 parts (dry) of NaCl
And 1 part each of KCl
And MgC12. With a trace
Of other halides stir and place
In a lunar centrifuge. Shake well.
The mixture you now have is brine
Subject to algination, brackish
And will not keep —
And now the secret ingredient—
Essential to convey to the taste
A concentrated solar solution
And make it, in the lash’s fringe
Double diffractive, and to raise
Glistening to an art —
Proceed as follows:
Add, in unlimited quantities, the Past.
By John Watson. From Law and Impulse: Maths and Chemistry Poems (2010). By permission of The Poets Union and John Watson
Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwic
A hippo sandwich is easy to make.
All you do is simply take
One slice of bread,
One slice of cake,
One onion ring,
One piece of string,
A dash of pepper —
That ought to do it.
And now comes the problem…
Biting into it!
By Shel Silverstein
Fascist Cooking (A Recipe for Violence)
Sharpen your blade. Adjust the gas.
Break a dozen eggs and beat them to a yellow pulp.
Gut the fish. Chop those kidneys — really fine.
Shred the cheese, slice the beans.
Scald the milk and whip the cream — nice and thick.
Peel the potatoes, boil and mash. Crush the garlic.
Grind the pepper. Squeeze that lemon dry.
The oven is now bloody hot and you’re sizzling.
Enjoy as you destroy. Out of the frying pan
slouches towards Bethlehem to be born.
By Richard TippingFrom the book, Nearer by Far
Recipe for Writing a New York School Poem
'This exercise was devised by Tom Donovan and posted at Jacket2.org. You might want to read a few poems by NY School poets first (e.g., Bernadette Meyer, James Schuyler, Charles Bernstein, Robert Creeley, Frank O'Hara, Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles).
In the exercise, you are encouraged to use as many of the following “ingredients” as possible.
1. at least one addressee (to which you may or may not wish to dedicate your poem)
2. use of specific place names and dates (time, day, month, year). . . . . . .--especially the names of places in and around New York City
3. prolific use of proper names
4. at least one reminiscence, aside, digression, or anecdote
5. one or more quotations, especially from things people have said
. . . . . . .in conversation or through the media
6. a moment where you call into question at least one thing you have said
. . . . . . .or proposed throughout your poem so far
7. something that sounds amazing even if it doesn’t make any sense to you
8. pop cultural references
9. consumer goods/services
10. mention of natural phenomena (in which natural phenomena do not appear ‘natural’)
11. slang/colloquialism/vernacular/the word "fuck"
12. at least one celebrity
13. at least one question directed at the addressee/imagined reader
14. reference to sex or use of sexual innuendo
15. the words “life” and “death”
16. at least one exclamation/declaration of love
17. references to fine art, theater, music, or film
18. mention of genitals and body parts
19. food items
20. drug references (legal or illegal)
22. mention of sleep or dreaming
23. use of ironic overtones