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The Patron Saint of Cauliflower

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Elizabeth Cohen's ambitious newest book of poems, The Patron Saint of Cauliflower, explores both safety and danger; twinning domesticity with apocalyptic fantasies.

In this book of poems that pairs the love and safety of a mother's kitchen with the dark and impending disasters that inhabit our world today, Cohen writes of the "pure muscle" of the cabbage; the "stand-up act"
Paperback, 80 pages
Published June 15th 2018 by Saint Julian Press, Inc.
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Sophfronia Scott
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this season of feasting it makes sense to indulge in a big helping of Elizabeth Cohen’s The Patron Saint of Cauliflower. It’s a series of poems with food as a theme, and Cohen uses the theme not necessarily for the nourishment itself, but for the memories of her mother that food conjures for her, and for its connection to her own motherhood.

I’m not a trained poet so I can’t speak to the meter or the specific craft of a line. But I loved this book and can speak to the beauty of Cohen’s imager
Leonard Kress
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much for sending THE PATRON SAINT OF CAULIFLOWER. It was certainly worth the wait. I love the premise of the book, the necessary and sometimes painful nourishment we need to survive. Cooking, eating, sharing food, recovering lost recipes, and most important the alchemical reactions that occur in the poems. I’m continually impressed and taken aback at the way you bore into your subject using all sorts of languages: “The artichoke has a stand-up act on Thursday nights / in the market, w ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, poetry
Check out my full review of this book on my blog!

The Patron Saint of Cauliflower (Saint Julian Press, $17.50) is first and foremost a poetry collection about food, family, and the complex, multi-faceted connections between the two. The collection opens with “Goulash,” a poem about putting together a clear-out-the-fridge soup, and what’s more, a goulash that children will eat and enjoy. “I think of the insides of them, making sense of beets / and pasta, of chicken strands and slips of onion /
Suzanne Rose
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a fan of this tightly written celebration of food and family. There’s something musical, familiar (in a good way), and yet beautifully intricate about the image work in this book. Each poem clearly stands alone, but together they play off of one another in an interesting way. I like the vehicles of random vegetables and spices that she uses to show us what really matters—profound emotion lies at the heart of these explorations.
Vivienne Strauss
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A really lovely collection of poems, stimulating to the mind and the appetite.
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Elizabeth Cohen is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she serves as the fiction editor for the Saranac Review. Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road (Random House, 2003), was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in SELF, MORE, Newsweek, People, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and the Yale Review, among other publicat ...more

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