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October 14, 2017

Gooseberry Fool — Amy Clampitt


The gooseberry's no doubt an oddity,
an outlaw or pariah even—thorny
and tart as any 
kindergarten martinet, it can harbor
like a fernseed, on its leaves' under-
side, bad news for pine trees,
whereas the spruce 
resists the blister rust
it's host to. That veiny Chinese
lantern, its stolid jelly 
of a fruit, not only has 
no aroma but is twice as tedious
as the wild strawberry's sunburst
stem-end appendage: each one must
be between-nail-snipped at both extremities.

Altogether, gooseberry virtues
take some getting 
used to, much as does trepang,
tripe à la mode de Caen,
or having turned thirteen.
The acerbity of all things green
and adolescent lingers in
it—the arrogant, shrinking,
prickling-in-every-direction thorn-
iness that loves no company except its,
or anyhow that's what it gets:
bristling up through gooseberry ghetto sprawl
are braced thistles' silvery, militantly symmetrical
defense machineries. Likewise inseparably en-
tangled in the disarray of an 
uncultivated childhood, where gooseberry bushes (since
rooted out) once flourished, is 
the squandered volupté of lemon-
yellow-petaled roses' luscious flimflam—
an inkling of the mingling into one experience
of suave and sharp, whose supremely im-
probable and far-fetched culinary
embodiment is a gooseberry fool.

Tomorrow, having stumbled into
this trove of chief ingredients
(the other being very thickest cream)
I'll demonstrate it for you. Ever since,
four summers ago, I brought you,
a gleeful Ariel, the trophy
of a small sour handful,
I've wondered what not quite articulated thing
could render magical
the green globe of an unripe berry.
I think now it was simply
the great globe itself's too much to carry.

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2013 Limited-Edition Ladurée x Reed Krakoff Black Macarons


Black was — and is, and always will be — the new black.


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bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: This Timer


Let me count [heh] the reasons:

1) Set for up to 100 minutes; 1 AAA battery included

2) Pocket clip, magnet, and stand allow multiple uses

3) Counts up or down; automatically counts up after 0

4) Extra-large digits can be read from across the room

5) Loud alarm can be heard in another part of the house

6) Greenberry's Coffee flagship location down the street has one cable-tied to each of its machines — and that's a lot of timers



I eat my own dog food.

October 14, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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