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Issue # 2 September 2010
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Melissa Dickson Blackburn

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Bitter Sonnet

On the Passing of Gourmet Magazine
for Gail

It is the last issue of our Gourmet.
Here on the rim of winter, on the cusp
Of consumption, how dare we foray
Into seasons of culinary lust
Sans our guide, sans brioche, sans cassoulet,
Minus the clear broth charm, the recipes,
The bread and water of our gastric flights?
Tell me, Gail, what meaty balm, what mastic
Can seal this plunging and hungry absence?
Here is the turkey on page eighty-five,
Bronzed, glazed, as divine as poultry can be.
Must we greet a new year in bitter chagrin,
Lovers of pages that won't roast again?