Friday, July 12, 2013
Let him see to the substance of his cake instead of decorating with sugarplums. Fowler, Modern English Usage
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Over his shoulder
a dozen workmen hauled in blocks of ice
to keep the champagne lukewarm and stole
glances at the wedding cake, a dollhouse duplicate
of the family rancho, the shutters marzipan,
the cobbles almonds. A maiden aunt housekept,
touching up whipped cream roses with a syringe
of eggwhites, rescuing the groom when the heat
melted his chocolate shoes into the frosting.
Julia Alvarez, “Homecoming”
Friday, April 27, 2012

Blancmanging out whatever it is that is doing the damage

There was to be dancing
In the cretonned lounge;
Three kinds of blancmange,
And a cake with icing;

The barrel by the radiogram
Held seven gallons
As a balance
To the seven-pound ham [ … ]

They ate till eight;
Course after course
Trifle and tinned asparagus
Piled on his plate

Larkin, from “Leave,” in the Burnett ed. (And in A Girl in Winter: “[she] unwrapped a paper of sausages and pricked them before putting them in a frying pan. There was half an onion that had lain in a saucer for several weeks, and she added a few translucent rings …”)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012