Poetry

The Glory and Decline of Bread

Sliced bread (sic) a centimetre thick staling on forty surfaces fit for soggy sandwiches real bread excels all this   high top, Vienna, cob baguettes three times daily breads poignant as a sob Jewish rye and German brothers from the hob   Tall grass waving gluten foreshadowed cultivation its unbloody skin-oil scent displaced the hunting tent for prayer and work in season—   Rice eaters do not yet disdain all meals centering on one grain but potatoes came, and pasta and boi meat from old Masta and bread put butter on the heart   the idle svelte would dine apart…

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