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Soufflé by Piscilla Atkins

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Two Poems by Grace Bauer

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Potluck on Sulphur Creek by Brenda Butka

My Mother's Handwriting by Julia Wendell

Radish by Lauren Henley

The Way of the Buddha by Nadia Ibrashi

Famine Bread by Karen Holmberg

Leer Comida by Andrés Catalán

Cooking Show by Gary Mesick

Museum of Butter by Carol Jenkins

Two Poems by Crystal Simone Smith

Yardbird Suite by John Dufresne

Bantams

by Heather Bourbeau

February 2015    

The chicks were tied to her hopes of urban farming, freedom from corporate food and a fresh start after a failed marriage. She cared disproportionately for the bearded white silkie bantam, a Phyllis Diller of a chick with all the personality you would expect, but sadly few of the eggs. She wondered if the other chicks found the silkie ostentatious. She anthropomorphized the fowl to such an extent that she would argue, against logic and science, that chickens were much smarter than we thought. And once she understood that, she could see that Phyllis was a bit like her ex-husband.

 



  Heather Bourbeau is a Berkeley-based writer. She was a Tupelo Press 30/30 poet, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a finalist for the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and winner of the Pisk! Poetry Slam. Her first collection of poetry, Daily Palm Castings, profiles people in overlooked professions.

 

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