kite soup & minus 54 other recipes

poetry & food, recipes & not, sparrow makes sense of it all

illustrations by jillian tamaki,

excerpted from the print magazine…

I live in the hamlet of Phoenicia, in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Here I write for my local newspaper, the Phoenicia Times. My column, “Heard by a Bird,” is composed of local gossip – but I invent it all. (This way, no one is offended.) Here is an example:

negative yard sale
“One year, I was so desperate to get rid of my crap that I had a ‘negative yard sale,’” admits Amy Glendouer. “All the prices were negative numbers: ‘–3 cents,’ ‘–9 cents’ and so on. In other words, if someone took one of my Reader’s Digests, I would give her 9 cents. Actually, an old guy insisted on paying me 5 dollars for my cutting board, so I ended up making a slight profit.”

As part of my column, I create recipes for “rural food.” For example:

star salad
On a clear, moonless night make this salad:
4 leaves Romaine lettuce, torn
1 leaf escarole, chopped
2 grape tomatoes, halved
Place the bowl of salad under the stars for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Submitted by Ellen Kermes.

Sparrow’s new book is America: A Prophecy – The Sparrow Reader (Soft Skull Press).  Sparrow lives in a double-wide trailer in Phoenicia, New York, at the foot of Mount Roemer, with Violet Snow and Sylvia (his wife and daughter).  Sparrow’s hobbies include People magazine, Lao Tzu, and Eric Dolphy records.

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