How to make Pan Catalan by Mark Fiddes

By Wasafiri Editor on January 19, 2014 in

Mark Fiddes is a London poet whose first collection, The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre, was published by Templar Poetry in March 2015. It has since been  shortlisted in the 2015 Saboteur Awards. His work has been published in Aesthetica Magazine, the Frogmore Papers and Southword and he has been recognised in a numerous international awards, from the Gregory O’Donoghue to the Philip Larkin and Charles Causley prizes.

Unclasp your garlic gingerly

Place the pink-ribbed corset aside

If the nudity of the bulb offends

Opt for the soup or pâté alternative

Grip the clove’s belly like a pen

Rasp back and forth over the toast

Releasing its hot breath. Rub on

Until flesh shreds and fingers stick

Now select the paunchiest tomato

Slack as velvet and long on the vine

Squeeze the seed sack until it bursts

Mash over the crusted furrows

Gloss with green oil

Spray with a necklace of sea salt

Exchange for stars

From the night-eyed woman

Sitting opposite, bare footed

Repeat a thousand times

Through harvest years and fallow

Until the last unclasping