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How to Cook a Ghost

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Logan February's debut chapbook of poetry explores the themes of love, longing, loss, sexuality, race, and temptation through food and cooking.
Paperback, 29 pages
Published August 2017 by Glass Poetry Press
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Diane
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is an intense and intricate conflagration of food and cooking and internal struggle. I will never think of food in the same way! Not sure that’s a good thing though. At any rate, I will certainly be returning to this occasionally.
Joshua Gage
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received as part of EnveLit, a bi-monthly chapbook subscription service.

This is a very intense book that uses vehicles of cooking to create metaphors about life, love, family, and personal identity. At times, the language became too obscure for me, and I felt like I was reading an inside joke or something that I didn’t understand, but overall the language is beautiful and compelling.
Sarah
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This delightful chap has been stuffed in a cube-bin on my bookshelf labeled “CHAPS” for far too long. Yet another book that I loved and regret taking so long to get to.
Barton Smock
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a voice that acts as both restorer and alleviant, Logan February’s How to Cook a Ghost holds tongue for loss and feast while keeping verse as a thing appetite might give hunger for safekeeping. What a miracle of smallness this work is, to be at once so spiritually devoured and so spiritually prepared. February is a crafter of dualities who asks mother and country 'Can I have your mourning and grieve it, too?' while understanding that food is a trinity of drink, metaphor, and simile, and so ...more
Courtney LeBlanc
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A collection of poems that mimic recipes, and also discuss food, but intertwine these with themes of love, sexuality, acceptance, identity, and loss.

from Culinary School: "You have to stop eating / if you / want to find your collarbones / or your origin / again."

from Lemonade (my favorite poem in the collection): "You are hosting those / who have left knives in your back, / you must wear a dinner jacket / [so they do not feel guilty]. // Bake the pies some days before. / Leave them to cool. / I
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Cody Stetzel
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I think in the genre of chapbook, this work manages to be inventive and fun, full of personality and also stern with moroseness and melancholy, working within its titular theme as well as pushing against its reification.

Logan February has written a tremendous collection, I think best read with an evening snack - the after-dinner moment - that I am immensely thrilled by.
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Logan February is a happy-ish Nigerian owl who likes pizza & typewriters. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in (b)OINK, Wildness, Vagabond City, and more. ...more

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