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"Apple Dumplings" by George Dunlop Leslie (1835-1921).

Happy Poetry Friday!

Heartfelt Congratulations to J. Patrick Lewis, our new Children's Poet Laureate!

Welcome, All. So glad you're here -- there's some HOT STUFF going on in the alphabet soup kitchen today. We're peeling a few apples, rolling out a little dough and celebrating girl power (gentlemen, brace yourselves). ☺

Before we proceed any further, please put on a couple of these oven mitts; you may need them to handle today's poem.


Alright. Remember when I said that women seem to have the market cornered when it comes to writing about the sensuality of food? Combine that with sassy powers of seduction and you've pretty much slayed the soufflé. Sue Staats really knows how to bring it and she doesn't believe in taking any prisoners. "Come, come into my kitchen if you dare," she seems to say. Hotcha-cha and Va-va-voom!

(You've got your oven mitts on, right? Don't say I didn't warn you.)


by Sue Staats

Oh yeah, I’ll make you a man in my kitchen
buckle your blueberries, slump your apples,
cream your butter and sugar,
knead your dough,
steam your windows with my oven heat.

Bet your life I’ll poach your pears,
pickle your persimmons, foster your bananas,
cobble your peaches, marmalade your oranges
clafouti your cherries to a parlez-vous

You’ll be cross-eyed, crumb-topped
crimped, crisped, crusted, folded,
punched, proofed and risen before I’m done.

Get over here now.
My pan dowdy’s hot, and there’s cream.

Don’t keep me waiting.

© 2011 Sue Staats. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of author.

Cherry and Almond Clafoutis by Pinot & Dita/flickr

fans self*

Is it hot in here or is it just me? Nothing sexier than a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. (Oh my, Jama says demurely, my Jello's still jiggling after that one.) ☺

Now, once you've cooled down, please leave your links with Mr. Linky below. Don't forget to put the title of your poem or the book you're reviewing in parentheses after your name. 



TODAY'S POETRY FRIDAY MENU (nibble, crunch, chew):

1. Charles Ghigna ("Wild Flowers")
2. Rasco from RIF (Monday is One Day)
3. Julie (Links to J. Patrick Lewis poetry)
4. Diane Mayr (Massachusetts Poetry Festival)
5. Kurious Kitty ("Why I Am Not a Painter")
6. KK's Kwotes quote by Salvador Dali
7. Janet ("The Peace of Wild Things")
8. Amy @ Hope is the Word (Scranimals by Prelutsky Art Activity)
9. A Fuse #8 Production (Lemonade by Bob Raczka)
10. Heidi Mordhorst (Thomas Lux's "The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently")
11. Debbie Diller ("Wind on the Hill")
12. The Stenhouse Blog ("To David, About His Education")
13. Robyn Hood Black (Book Spine Poem, Writing with Mrs. Mirabel)
14. Alice@Supratentorial (A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes)
15. Liz in Ink (Children's Poet Laureates)
16. Katie @ Secrets and Sharing Soda (Judy Scuppernong)
17. Elaine@Wild Rose Reader (Two eel poems)
18. Tabatha (Being Civilized)
19. Ruth (J. Patrick Lewis)
20. Books4Learning (Pocketful of Posies)
21. Barbara Etlin (Stevie Wonder's Sunshine)
Great Kid Books (The Great Migration)
23. April Halprin Wayland ("The Ubbery Tree")
24. Mary Lee (Hooray for J. Patrick Lewis)
25. Janet Squires (Dutch Sneakers and Flea Keepers)

Thanks for joining us today. What'll you be cookin' in your kitchen tonight? If you're hungry for an encore, click here to hear Sue read "Cookin' It," which was featured as a 2011 Alimentum Menupoem.

Apple Dumpling by fayettevilleflyer/flickr

Oh, don't forget to eat your dumpling ☺!

*Oven mitts by the_red_deer/flickr.
**ABC fruit by
***Blueberry Cheese Coffee Cake by TheCookingPhotographer.

Copyright © 2011 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan's alphabet soup. All rights reserved.


( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 13th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Father Goose
Thanks, Jama!

We posted a couple of "Wild Flowers" on
Carol Hampton Rasco
May. 13th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Thanks for hosting today, I can tell this is going to be great fun! You have me thinking about the menu for Friday night....
May. 13th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
Poetry Friday Troubles
Hi, Jama - thanks for hosting - love those oven mitts!

Well, Blogspot is down tonight (Thursday) with technical troubles, but when they've unkinked whatever kink they have in their system, I'll be joining the crowd to congratulate J. Patrick Lewis, our new Children's Poet Laureate - hooray! I'll have links to three different blog entries I put on The Drift Record about Pat over the last couple of years.

I'm going to have to post this as Anonymous apparently, due to the Blogspot trouble. But it's me.

Julie Larios
May. 13th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
WHOOOO-EEEEeeee! Tonight's menu indeed, Carol!!!

Hey, Jama, I posted your message about LJ difficulties over at the Kidlitosphere Yahoo Group. And I see that Julie has alerted you to the fact that nobody with Blogger can post right now. So it'll be a slow PF. Maybe we can extend the celebration into Saturday?!?!

May. 13th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Oooh...it's warm in here! What a rollicking post here today! I am unable to post to Blogger right now - it's unavailable - but I will be back when it's back. Happy Poetry Friday, Jama! A.
May. 13th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Hi Jama! Blogger appears to be having major problems. I'm posting my links, but there may not be a post on my blogs! What a mess!
May. 13th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Blogger problems
I hope my three posts eventually go up, that's why I left the links. I won't be able to check during the day because I'm headed to the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA. I'm volunteering at the day-long session for high school students today (directing kids where to sit!). My Random Noodling post should be about the Festival if Blogger gets its act together! --Diane Mayr
May. 13th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
I'll never look at the kitchen the same way again!

May. 13th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
Heidi says:
No fair, no fair! First your Poetry Potluck was infected with technical difficulties, and now this! I'm cross too, because I actually had time to write a more-than-the-minimum post, and now I can't get it out there...but I'll try again later.

"My pan dowdy's hot, and there's cream."
Oh lordy, how I love that, and "I'll clafouti your cherries to a parlez-vous"--what naughty nonsense
May. 13th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
My goodness!

Good thing my little apple dumpling is nearby. :D
May. 13th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Just popping in to borrow a oven mitt. And some sugar, if you have it.

Oh, I see you DO have sugar---with a hearty dollop of sass.

Hoo-boy. I'd like to shimmy with you but Blogspot is still down. Blergh.

Thanks for hosting, Jama, and I'll join in if I can.
May. 13th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
tanita says:
WHEW! This poem is scandalous! And hilarious. Pan dowdy is just not something one equates with... well. The way to a partner's heart is via the stomach after all...

:goes off to bake banana bread:

May. 13th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm gonna have to open the kitchen window after that one! Thanks for hosting, Jama. I’m singing the praises of Patricia MacLachlan’s WORD AFTER WORD AFTER WORD, a story about fourth graders’ adventures in writing with a visiting author. Plus, I borrowed the title for a book spine poem. Robyn
May. 13th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Even with the oven mitts, the sizzle's coming through. Thanks for another tasty snack, Jama!

Blogger is still down. :(
May. 13th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)

Love that poem!

Blogger is unavailable at the moment--so I can't post anything at Wild Rose Reader. I hope to return later with a link to my Poetry Friday post.

Elaine M.
May. 13th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Hi Jama! Blogger is messing me up as well :-(
Great poem you shared today! And some delicious photos. I'm hungry!
May. 13th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hi again, Jama - I'm not sure if the Mr. Linky thing worked earlier. Friday the 13th, indeed! If you need it, here's my link:

Thanks! Robyn
May. 13th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Now that Blogger is back, here is my Poetry Friday post: http://sharingsoda.blogspot.com/2011/05/poetry-friday-7-review-judy-scuppernong.html

Thanks for hosting!

Katie @ Secrets & Sharing Soda
May. 13th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
At Wild Rose Reader, I have two versions of an EEL poem--one is titled "Things to Do If You Are an Eel." I also join in celebrating the great news about our new children's poet laureate, J. Patrick Lewis.


Elaine M.
May. 13th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Here's my link... (http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2011/05/poetry-friday-j-patrick-lewis.html)
May. 13th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Loved Cookin' It! Thanks for your gracious hosting on a Friday unkind to the internet.
May. 13th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Ha! Luckily it's too hot for baking today, although I will be making chocolate pots de creme later. Thanks for hosting, Jama!

I've posted an original poem, a tribute to Stevie Wonder, whose birthday is May 13. Just in case the linky thing didn't work here it is:


Edited at 2011-05-13 09:34 pm (UTC)
May. 13th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Blogger Finally Fixed
Looks like the people who manage the Blogspot server have fixed the hitch in their git-along. So I'm relinking now - my post is up, though I don't see Mr. Linky posting my re-link! Oh, computers - they really make life SO MUCH EASIER, don't they???????? I'll keep trying that Mr. Linky - meanwhile, people can link by clicking here: The Drift Record (http://julielarios.blogspot.com/2011/05/childrens-poet-laureate-gum-chewing.html)

April Halprin Wayland
May. 13th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday -- what's your favorite tree from childhood
Hey, Jama ~ I'm all steamed up from that poem...and happy as all get-out for Pat Lewis!

Yes, Blogger was playing tricks on us and I am trying to be Zen about it!

But over at TeachingAuthors.com, everything's in working order and we're happily climbing an avocado tree!

May. 14th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for hosting.
My selection is "Dutch Sneakers and Flea-keepers: 14 more stories" by Calef Brown.
May. 14th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Oh Jama, this poem made me giggle out loud. Pan howdy!

Thanks for hosting this lovely round-up in spite of all the technical difficulties.
May. 15th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Jama, I'm back from the Mass Poetry Festival. It was fantastic! I redid the Mister Linky links because they weren't working on my end. I'm hoping Blogger is better, but, I have my doubts since I'm unable to log out of my account! Good thing I'm not working on a public computer right now!
May. 15th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Diane! Just put the links back in :).
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