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Soup Is Back
by Claudia Grinnell

Soup is back, the sign says.  I didn't know soup was gone
but I am glad it is back.  Soup is good for all kinds of souls,
a sort of perfection between too liquid and too solid,
a perfection of middleness: a shape on a spoon,
a few letters of the alphabet, a broken word,
The t slides off the ladle, back into primordial chicken, back  
into grease eyes and anonymity.  The t likes that.
Other letters rise to the surface, elbow for space.
They dance to a boil, flip and turn.  They can't see
their own metaphor, what they become in the great salty
marrow, the carrots and peas slipping and regrouping,
slipping and waiting: a shape, a coincidence, a story of heat.

Claudia Grinnell was born and raised in Germany. She now makes her home in Louisiana, where she teaches English at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her poems and fiction have appeared in various on-line and print journals such as Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, Exquisite Corpse, California Quarterly, and Bottomfish. Conditions Horizontal, her first full-length book of poetry, was published by Missing Consonant
Press in 2001.

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