POST WAR COOKBOOKS

BY DANIEL BRENNER

Form will save us from
Looking like scoundrels
Or worse
Being taken to icy waters
& rescued from secondhand
Remnants of trees

After the war they dripped ice
& then got warm again
They commended each other
& were embarrassed
They wrote cookbook after cookbook
As if to say here is something better

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Daniel Brenner grew up in PA and currently lives and writes in NJ. His first book of poems, The Stupefying Flashbulbs, won the Fence Modern Poets Series in 2006.