The peppered palate

Or the Poet as Chef

When I sit down to a seven course poem
I expect the poet to serve a verbal feast
that I need a fork and knife to eat

Like tasty vowels kissing my lips —
Enjoy sliding p’s and q’s across the lines–
Sip succulent sibilant similes

Slice crunchable consonants
Munch molar masticating metaphors
Swallow easily with a digestible burp

Then say, “Now that’s a poem
You can sink your teeth into.”

(Note, I began to sauté this when at a
poetry house call, I said, “I consider myself
a sensate poet.,” A guest asked, “Why?”
I answered, “Because I write poems
that you need a knife and fork to eat.”

I’ll be re-writing this, the 2nd draft
and serve various versions,later this month,
bring your knife and fork, and a napkin.

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About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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