Fathom 1987



Inside Cover



Paul Keen (2)
Paula Alexiadis
Alex Gigeroff
Nicholas Strachan (3)
Joe Blades (6)
Kathy Mac (5)
Jesse Tremaine
Gina M. Beaton (2)
Roy W. McLean (2)
Stephanie Stewart
Simonetta Lanzi
John Blackmore
Robin Sarafinchan
Paul Doucette
Lisa Wentzell


Jesse Tremaine



The Joy of Cooking

In your microwave room:
   the door shuts and locks;
   the light clicks off;
   the dials are adjusted.
Then turning to me, you maximize
   my pleasure in the darkness.
Heat goes through me,
   but you are unseen, insidious,
A faceless fantasy.
And I am layered nakedness.
Wavelength determined,
You penetrate my pores,
   locate my core with modern fire.
(Little danger, less desire.)
Passionlessly potent, you cannot burn
   with your caress, nor can you glow.
You fill my carcass with symbolic warmth,
Follow your fool-proof recipe.
But my skin is foil; your too-clean fingers
   do not touch for all their prowess.
No moisture and no smells.
Master chef,
Sightless, attentive,
You check the basting –
I am done.
The timer rings,
   and I emerge blinking, lightly pricked,
Aseptic and unbrowned –
Your perfect turkey.

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