Poetry

Barbara Fisher: Two Poems

A Survivor I love to wander in the Museum of Australian Food, to marvel at endangered species or learn of dishes now departed if not extinct. What happened to carpet-bag steak,* oyster soup, chokoes with white sauce, salad dressing involving condensed milk, or Spanish cream and puftaloons?† Reassuring then to find a rare survivor, the Australian spaghetti sandwich. The pasta, soft little worms snugly nestled in tomato sauce, still comes in small tins that impart a faint metallic flavour. This unique interpretation of spaghetti, spread between slices of white bread, finds its way to many a packed lunch. What is…

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