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Poem by Elizabeth Bishop


Lines Written in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook


You wont become a gourmet cook 
By studying our Fannies book-- 
Her thoughts on Food & Keeping House 
Are scarcely those of Levi-Strauss. 
Nevertheless, youll find, Frank dear, 
The basic elements are here. 
And if a problem should arise: 
The Souffle fall before your eyes, 
Or strange things happen to the Rice 
--You know I love to give advice. 

                Elizabeth
                Christmas, 1971 
          

* Forbidden word 
** Forbidden phrase 


P.S. Fannie should not be underrated; 
She has become sophisticated. 
Shes picked up many gourmet* tricks 
Since the edition of 96.



Elizabeth Bishop


Elizabeth Bishop's other poems:
  1. Visits to St. Elizabeths
  2. The Man-Moth
  3. At the Fishhouses
  4. Strayed Crab
  5. The Burglar of Babylon


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