Winter 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 1 Poetry |

How to Eat

                       for L. Y. My mother's mother's father made a table. To build the top he shaped irregular woodInto inlaid geometry. Each square's cornersCenter the sides of the next largest square, From heart to edge, like a body's genealogy. One Thanksgiving, surrounded by everything, Lester, my mother's mother's brother, The wrestler, autodidact polymath And self-made man, discovered Chopped liver in a blue bowl there:   1 lb. liver fried in chicken fat   2 large onions fried in chicken fat till transparent   Chop with three hard boiled eggs. Add 1 tspn. salt   More fat to taste, several chopped scallions   If available— A delicacy Lester, who has gout, Knew he should not touch. He sat down in his niece's house At his dead father's table To his sister's old recipe. He carefully scooped and spread chopped liver On a salty cracker, ignoring his family, The other guests, his healthy glass of tomato ju

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