Craig Arnold

(1967 - 2009 / United States)

Craig Arnold Poems

1. Bird-Understander 10/14/2017
2. For A Cook 12/16/2014
3. Hot 12/15/2014
4. Incubus 10/14/2017
5. Lines for painting on grains of rice 10/14/2017
6. Meditation on a Grapefruit 10/14/2017
7. Mulberry 10/14/2017
8. Pitahaya 10/14/2017
9. The Invisible Birds of Central America 10/14/2017
10. The Singers 10/14/2017
11. Uncouplings 10/14/2017
12. Very Large Moth 10/14/2017

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For A Cook

What I remember most is what he did to the couple
who sent his best pasta back to the kitchen,
pronouncing it "too thin." Capers and kalamata
olives tossed with squid-ink angelhair
—salty, he used to say, as sweat on a black man's cock.
He said this often, not only to shock:
food should be made with love, and love to him was sweat,
saliva, tears. What do they want from me?
he muttered, adding an egg, more Parmesan, a pint
of heavy cream, and tossed it all together,
the straw-yellow sauce stringy with albumen,
thickened with semen as an ...

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