Recipe for Success
by Tiffany Lee Brown
three cups wine plus one pill.
a tiny jar of absinthe.
the breath of salvia.
a coat of dust on your skin entire.
yours may be a cat to stroke,
an ermine coat,
his always-smile or close-knit snore.
the playful hush in the library,
main branch, high ceilings, or
the African pottery in the windows
of that one small gallery between
Sephora and the paper shop,
near the smell of unreachable leathers,
that one small gallery which is never
red stiletto heels.
dahlias falling up from their shadows
on the well-worn coffee table, to
alight slightly dazed in a watery
the weight of steel and crunch of
whistles at your fluorescent gym.
the firm tug of dirt at your
or it may be hidden
razorblades and quiet red seeps
on the insides of white thighs.
the accident at work
with the belt sander, the nail
gun, pulling greenchain.
with only your fingers
and wet lonely mouth
in the dark hours of morning.
for one hour,
in a flat dip of a bowl.
garnish with figs,
figs and pure honey.
pairs well with a bold chianti,
an oaky Cabernet,
Veuve Clicquot in lead stems.
when it's done,
demand a flambé.
after all you've been through,
to set your own table
©2002 by Tiffany Lee Brown
Tiffany Lee Brown is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Editor
of the forthcoming Northwest arts, culture, & literature magazine 2 Gyrlz Quarterly, she also edits the webzine Signum. Her fiction and poetry appear or will soon
appear in Bust's Guide to the New Girl Order (Penguin), In Our Own
Words (MWE), How To Mutate & Take Over the World (Ballantine), and
the Clear Cut Press anthology, as well as Bust, The
Jitter Review, Sauce*Box, and Pulp. She's been a regular contributor
to Bookforum, Venus, and Wired, among other magazines.