Sunday, 23 September 2012

From Beyond the Cake by Jude Cowan Montague

Genoa Cake: No, do you?
He copied jokes and doodled
beside his wife’s recipes.
Marjorie and their children
popped up on the bottom
of shopping lists, butter,
tea, sugar and half an eye,
(page torn here)
enhancing instructions
with not quite half a pint
of the departed.

Macaroon Tartlets,
Paisley Jam Sandwich No. 2 for 8 persons,
Fereneze Cakes, time 1 hr,
Bristol and Cocoanut Cake.
In a mottled cutting,
folded, brittle as brandy snaps,
flattened in the front of her book,
a second recipe lurks,
from a talk by Miss Guy
(another Marjorie) on August 20 (193?),
for Manchester Macaroon Tartlets.

Jude Cowan Montague's 'For the Messengers' is on Donut Press and a forthcoming collection 'The Groodoyals of Terre Rouge' will be on Dark Windows Press.

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