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From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes
Adapted from a collection of household instructions originally published in 1901, From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes bastardizes everyday tasks such as dyeing silks, brewing beer, fabricating paint and, of course, curing small pox and twists them into odd, dark poems. The pains of adolescence, the simple failure of love, the thrill of newfound lust—this collection out ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published June 11th 2014 by Black Lawrence Press
(first published December 17th 2013)
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I'm not a frequent poetry reader, but these poems appealed to me, with their playful language and relatable emotions. While the situations described in the poems are strange and fantastical, the truths behind them concern love and childhood and difficult relationships, and I found them more understandable than poetry often is. Many of the poems take the form of an odd set of instructions, and that's because each one is inspired by an item in a 1901 book, The Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes. It's ...more
Off the wall poems partially appropriated from a book of old time remedies and recipes. The mix of Edwards' Brooklyn with the mechanistic instructions from the original text makes this really interesting interplay between sincere confessional language and earnest but sort of arms-length imagery about process. It's hard to know what to do with these faux-instructions, but that's how poems should be. They left me feeling wrenched, if that makes any sense. Like sense is bigger than I thought it was ...more