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Kitchen, 1850

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 1, 2013
p. 43 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0030

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Violet can feel the storm coming in her knees,
less pain than heaviness—the body’s way
of learning from the earth. She grinds
herbs into flakes and considers
the walks back and forth from the kitchen
to the house—the path slopes up and
makes the ground give way in long rains.

This morning, she stood by her grown son
as he fired his knife through the largest pig’s
skull. She hurried to slit its throat, to catch
its hot blood in a large tin pail before its heart
stopped beating. Together, they looped a noose
around its neck and dragged it to be butchered
in a clean place.

The first thunder booms. It will not be
long. She uses her hands to mash the herbs
into a bowl of rice, ground pork and blood
still barely warm, to make it rich. She ties off
one end of the pig’s rinsed and scraped intestines
and stuffs them with her fine dark mess,
then twists them off at intervals.

Tonight, she’ll smoke boudin noir, set it
on wide wooden trays, cover it with layers of
linen to ward off rain, drag her tired feet
through warm, infested mud, pass her work
to the dry house maid, who will situate the food
on plates, just so. The family will feed
themselves on silver, and never think
of Violet, never think to climb down in the dirt,
to plead with her to tell them what secret
pinch of something makes the blood so good.

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Katie Bickham. "Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012." The Missouri Review 36.1 (2013): 41-52. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Bickham, K.(2013). Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012. The Missouri Review 36(1), 41-52. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Katie Bickham. "Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012." The Missouri Review 36, no. 1 (2013): 41-52. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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