Nigella

By Wilmer Mills 1969–2011 Wilmer Mills
She minces squid and a marinated scallion,
Mixes rice with shrimp and olive paste. . . .
Hope for the English meal, though half Italian
With her jet black hair and her elastic waist.

Unlike the other television cooks,
She brings to life a lobster that was dead
With common spices, her exotic looks,
And recipes she dreamed about in bed.

Source: Poetry (July/August 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the July/August 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

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Biography

The son of agricultural missionaries, poet Wilmer Mills grew up in Brazil and Louisiana. Mills earned both a BA and MA in theology from the University of the South, and worked at a variety of jobs during his life including carpenter, sawmill operator, baker, farmer, and white water raft guide. He also served as the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
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SUBJECT Activities, Eating & Drinking

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Ode

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