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"Trumpets at Midnight"
E. A. Hanninen - 2008

      Joy Harold Helsing

                    the elephants next door

haven't trampled our yard
or eaten their own
pounded a bongo drum
trumpeted at midnight
thrown a party
tossed a football in the street
sat on cars
put up political posters
asked to borrow our leaf blower
or a bushel of peanuts

so far they've been
no trouble at all
of course, they just moved in

                                                Saki Song

My blond friend
fills his home
with screens, scrolls
tatamis, tansus
Wears kimonos and zoris
Eats miso, sushi, tempura
Uses chopsticks
Writes haiku
Croons the Japanese anthem
when drunk

Arts & Crafts Menu Border - Ca. 1910

While an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, Joy Harold Helsing won two top awards for poetry in The Atlantic Monthly student writing contests. Her work has appeared in the Aurorean, Brevities, Lynx Eye, The Lyric, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Möbius, Nanny Fanny, The National Poetry Review, Rattlesnake Review, Tiger's Eye, Tundra, and other publications. In 2005 she published her first book, Confessions of the Hare (PWJ Publishing). She has also published three chapbooks: The Great Snail Race (PWJ Publishing), Waiting for Winter (Poet's Corner Press), and faceted eye (author-published). After many years in San Francisco, she now lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

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Sunday Dinner
Number Twenty-eight: Fried Rice
"Pick over and wash 1 cup of rice. Cook in double boiler with 1 cup boiling water until rice has absorbed water. Add 2 cups scalded milk . . . and 1 1/2 tsps. salt; grated onion to flavor and 1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley. Continue cooking until rice is tender, add more liquid if needed. Turn into a shallow dish, let stand until cold. Then take up in pieces the size of a large walnut and drop from the tip of spoon into deep hot fat; fry until delicately browned, drain on brown paper."
~from New Dinners, ca. 1910.
Elizabeth O. Hiller

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