Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Can Cabbage Make You Write?

cabbage Linda Dallas

Today I am feeling the pressure of cabbage. Really, cabbage. The opaque vegetable reminds me of a fat baby-faced candle you keep peeling back, only to find it has no wick, just a ruffly heart that, at the last, clings to a core of root flesh and holds nothing but air.

It is not particularly in the nature of cabbage to pressure people who have too much to do and too much on their minds. Cabbages are rather humble things, yielding to knives for the sake of coleslaw and to peasant hands for a laying open to receive stuffings of onions, rice and ground beef.

Continue reading, at The Curator...

Painting by Linda Dallas, from Cover of Englewood Review of Books.

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Anonymous Simply Darlene said...

That is one fantastic piece of writing. In fact, it's my favorite.


* now I need to go find the full book cover image :-)

11:28 AM  
Blogger jen revved said...

laura-- you need to stop calling my comments on Doallas's mss an advance review. Take that off Amazon and off Facebook. She sent a draft that bears scant resemblance to the published work. The title was changed, a number of poems shuffled and replaced et cetera when I took a look at the manuscript. My review is in the February archives at . Jenne' Andrews

1:54 PM  
Blogger Kim Nelson said...

I laughed out loud, having read this piece on the heels of photographing my kale. I must have taken 2 shots! KALE! The crucifers inspire, today!

2:04 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Jen, thanks for expressing your regrets about 'Neruda's Memoirs: Poems' (changed from 'Neruda's Memoirs: and other poems'). As you probably know, the book has gotten some excellent reviews elsewhere, including at 'Image Journal', and we are happy to replace your name and endorsement, where possible, with someone else's statement.

Is this what you are requesting? To be totally removed and replaced? I just want to be sure before any changes are made. Many endorsers see it as an opportunity to be associated with a lauded book; if this no longer feels like an opportunity to you, that seems important, and we would want to honor that.

In any case, know that your time and initial enthusiasm were appreciated. :)

2:25 PM  
Blogger TUC said...

Wow, cabbage never quite had that effect on me. Very well written, and you proved your theory.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Have I said how much I admire the way you see? Cabbage? And this? You have weaved such a lovely piece over at the Curator. And...I am wondering about you in the light green sharing space with the cabbage. Is it time to make peace with the cabbage? And what, exactly, does the cabbage symbolize?

I'm off on a tangent and can't stop playing freud but I must say this. I think we would have called the stuffed cabbage thingy a cabbage roll.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

this is elegant. that's all.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Joelle said...

Mmmm. Just watched Girl with a Pearl Earring last night. Favorite part is the opening scene where she's slicing veggies, including your gorgeous cabbage. Congrats for being featured next to such a lovely creature.

9:40 PM  

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