This week, we are proud to offer a new poem by Glenn Shaheen. Shaheen is the author of the poetry collections Predatory and Energy Corridor, and of the flash fiction chapbook Unchecked Savagery. He lives in New Orleans.
I am drawn to strange word combinations in sources of more technical writing. For this poem, I began with the title, “Lucky Cabbage,” a parenthetical interjection I came across in a recipe. The recipe said to braise the cabbage in beer or bourbon and then, with the neuroses of the recipe’s author sneaking in, it just said: “(lucky cabbage!).” Like, okay, chef! I had to keep the phrase until I could find a way to build something around it. I’m drawn to such moments when these traditionally non-emotional forms of writing let a bit of personality or emotion seep in. Like finding the secret sorrow at the heart of any human creation – it’s always there somehow.