Using Carluccio’s recipe for Pizza Rustica I’ve superimposed a poem. It is a poem about making a poem, which seems an appropriate penultimate poem for the end of this month of making poems. If you are interested in the original recipe it is the very end of the page that I’ve linked Carluccio to. I used The Telegraphs free recipe booklet to steal the recipe originally!
To make the poem,
Put the words into a bowl
Or pile into a mould.
Make a well in your mind.
Mix the air with a little speech
And add to the well with
The facts, the assonance, the half rhyme
And rhyme, the salt and pepper of
Punctuation. Gradually incorporate the
Vocabulary and mix with your hands,
To make a smooth set of stanzas.
Cover and leave to rest for several weeks.
Heat the editor to 200C, gas 6. Meanwhile,
Mix the critical, the cut with the ingredients
And season with imaginative leaps.
Roll out your first draft onto a well inked
Printer and ensure the paper is in alignment
With a margin three centimetres deep.
Spoon the poem to your readers, spreading it evenly.
Roll out the rest of the drafts to make the final,
Brush it up with another edit and position
Your nerves. Press your mouth near the microphone
And purse your lips to let the poem escape.
Bask for your three minutes in your poem, then
Lower yourself back to your seat, and bask
For a further fifteen minutes in your heads clamour.
Read your poem while warm and fresh,
Or leave to gather dust on your desktop
Before remembering to serve it to various zines.