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The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop
[Given to Frank Bidart]


You won't become a gourmet* cook
By studying our Fannie's book--
Her thoughts on Food & Keeping House
Are scarcely those of Lévi-Strauss.
Nevertheless, you'll find, Frank dear,
The basic elements* are here.
And if a problem should arise:
The Soufflé fall before your eyes,
Or strange things happen to the Rice
--You know I love to give advice.

                Elizabeth
                Christmas, 1971
          

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P.S. Fannie should not be underrated;
She has become sophisticated.
She's picked up many gourmet
tricks
Since the edition of '96.
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