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  • Monday, March 01, 2010 2:00 AM | Anonymous

    Even buying a loaf of bread
    you don’t know where you stand
    till you get the wrapper off
    and sniff and taste it with
    some of the expensive spread

    you got in the habit
    of smearing on cardboard
    to kill the taste of it
    once you lost your innocence
    and started to wolf everything.

    Of course you assume
    you’re squeezing the genuine article
    and you kind of see through the wrapper
    but not down between all the slices
    or past the curve of each heel

    though on the outside as required
    by law it says in tiny letters
    everything that went in
    the dough including preservatives
    as well as what to watch out for

    but then you bite on it anyhow,
    laying it out like a broken paperback
    you glue and slap together
    to make a quick sandwich
    without your reading glasses.

    We all know good bread doesn’t last
    and the bad you stuff yourself with
    in a fit of depression
    hangs around forever in the way
    when you’re in your right mind

    musty green under plastic
    blooming with envy
    as you keep reaching around it
    to get at a little something
    decent for a change.

    Paul Hunter
    Seattle, Washington

    Featured on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works for the past 15 years. His farming collection, Breaking Ground, reviewed in the New York Times, won the 2004 Washington State Book Award. Companion volumes include Ripening, 2007, and Come the Harvest, 2008.  His new book of prose, One Seed to Another: The New Small Farming, just appeared from The Small Farmer’s Journal. He is reading at the University Book Store on April 13, 7 P.M., and at Elliott Bay Books in its new store on May 2, 2 P.M.
    Visit the website for more information.

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