How to Cook a Wolf

By Adrian Blevins Adrian Blevins
If your mother’s like mine wanting you honeyed and blithe   
                   you’ll get cooked by getting evicted   

since the mothers can teach with a dustpan the tons of modes of tossing.

And the fathers will lift your eyes too-early-too-open:   
                   the fathers can creep up on anything when it’s still too wet   

to cloister with their weeping and strand you like a seed   

or cook at the carnivals with the can-do caroling   
                   and storefronts and foodstuffs and annulments and Scotch   

and off-handed fucking and walking out and moving on   

until they’re cooking the drift of you wanting a whole bayou up in you   
                   and cooking and cooking the gist   

of you needing your crannies hot with a good man’s body-silt   

until your head is stuffed with a pining for diapers
                   and the most minuscule spoons made mostly of silver   

and Ajax too and Minwax Oh

in this the dumbstruck story of the American female
                   as a cut of terracotta and some kindling in a dress   

while howling at the marrow of the marrow of the bone.

Source: Poetry (October 2008).


This poem originally appeared in the October 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2008
 Adrian  Blevins


Adrian Blevins’ The Brass Girl Brouhaha was published by Ausable Press in 2003 and won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and a Bright Hill Press chapbook award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (Bright Hill Press, 1996). Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Utne Reader, The Southern . . .

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