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Joe Rosenblatt 27 Aug

'From The Chef' is reprinted from Joe Rosenblatt's collection of poetry and art, The Voluptuous Gardener (Beach Holme Press, Porcepic imprint, 1996). Rosenblatt has authored 20 books and his poems have appeared in over 30 anthologies of Canadian poetry. He has received major awards such as the Governor General's Award and the BC Book Award.

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Nice place to eat?

[Editor's Note: This is the fifth of 10 current Canadian 'blockbuster poems' running each Friday in The Tyee. Find out about the idea of the series and read the previous poems here]

From the Chef

By Joe Rosenblatt

Enticed by meaty aromas

passersby wander deep inside

the labyrinth of an eatery

spangled with sweet-scented glands

only to fly through a trap door

into a pool of digestive water

while other famished guests

dreaming of supernatural cuisine

climb down a stairwell of pointy hairs

to discover that their chef

is a reclusive stomach

who bathes his diners

in a tub of singing enzymes

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