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1. April Pulley Sayre:  “Vegetable Poetry,” “U.S. 31 Thoughts,” Waldorf Salad

2. Mary Quattlebaum:  “Recipe for a Party,” Pirate Pie

3. Helen Frost:  “Awake,” Grandma Viney’s Oatmeal Bread

4. Linda Ashman:  “Catastrophic Coco,” Orzo with Spinach, Feta and Olives

5. Gail Gerwin:  “With or Without Rice, A Kitchen Ballet,” Cele Stern Fishman’s Stuffed Cabbage

6. Martha Calderaro:  “Special Delivery,” Blueberry Muffins

7. Kathi Appelt:  “Pecan Pie,” Southern Pecan Pie

8. Robyn Hood Black:  “Spooky Brew in Black and White,” Oatmeal Jam(a) Bars

9. Charles Waters:  “Santa Fe Chili,” Santa Fe Black Bean Chili

10. Adele Kenny:  “Chosen Ghosts,” Staffordshire Irish Stew

11. Linda Baie:  “Grandmother’s Biscuits,” Country-Fresh Biscuits

12. Lesa Medley:  “The Winds of Change,” Asparagus Pasta

13. Leslie Muir:  “Witch’s Jambalaya,” Witch’s Jambalaya

14. Margarita Engle:  “Treasure,” Batido (Mango Smoothie)

15. Sondra Gash:  “Rugelah, 5 a.m.,” Apricot Rugelah

16. Doraine Bennett:  “The Lump in My Throat,” Easy Quiche

17. Janet Wong:  “Grandmother’s Almond Cookies”

18. Jill Corcoran:  “Dare to Dream,” Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

19. Lill Pluta:  “Lillian’s Pocket,” Pita Pocket Sandwiches

20. Heidi Bee Roemer:  “The Skater,” Vegetarian Lentil Soup

21. Lee Wardlaw:  “A Catku,” Kitty Litter Cake


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Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

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Cornelius with the new official Alphabet Soup cookie: Oatmeal Jama Bars.

Cornelius and I can’t and don’t want to believe the 2012 Alphabet Soup Poetry Potluck is over. *sniff sniff*

Could it be May already? How time flies when you’re nibbling on good poetry and noshing to the nines!

Oh, what a feast we had — scaling mountains, “borrowing” a mail truck, visiting Cuba, playing with pirates, going to camp. We spiced things up with hot chili, jambalaya and a spooky brew, and even celebrated Passover together. And how about all those wonderful personal stories — grandmas who baked bread, cookies, biscuits and pies? What could be better than a group of fun-loving poets sharing good memories and bits of family history we could all relate to?

Food is the great equalizer, allowing us to reach back in time, adopt new customs and cultures, and bond with others in unique ways. I thoroughly enjoyed all the poems and learning a wee bit more about each of the poets — the journalist in me always craves those wonderful backstories and I thank everyone for digging up those vintage photos and giving us a peek into your private worlds.


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#22 in the Poetry Potluck Series, celebrating National Poetry Month 2012.

Lee with Mai Tai, the shelter cat who inspired her award-winning picture book.


Please help me welcome the purrr-fect  guest to top off our Poetry Potluck: Lee Wardlaw, winner of the 2012 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award for Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku (Henry Holt, 2011)!!

*cheers, wild applause, Scharffen Berger 70% bittersweet chocolate for everyone*

Lee's favorite!

Lee (age 6) with her first kitty, Pit-a-Pat.

We’re thrilled to congratulate Lee on receiving this prestigious award, the most recent in a steady stream of honors and flat out love for this touching story of an adopted shelter cat (2011 NYPL Best Books of the Year (Poetry), 2012 CCBC Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012 ALSC Notable Children’s Books, 2011 SLJ and Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion (Children’s Books), 2012 Bank Street Best Books of the Year (Star for Outstanding Merit), and more). Totally pawsome!

You probably know that Won Ton is written in a series of senryu, which are similar in form to haiku, but focus on human (or in this case, feline) foibles. Lee’s “petku”capture the very essence of catness: regal, in-the-moment, independent yet loving. Seems that Lee, a card-carrying cat lover since childhood, was always fated to pen this yowly gem. I’m sure Mai Tai wouldn’t have had it any other way, and I’m happy to report a Won Ton sequel is in the works! ☺


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