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Katrin Talbot


I have to wonder
if the descendents of
M. Celsius
have annual potlucks
with the Fahrenheits,
always trying
to one-up each other
with unusual dishes: 
molten Jell-O salad
frozen pad thai,
the coffee'’s always almost cold,
the champagne'’s always bubbling
on the stovetop
The children have impromptu
conversion races,
The softball teams
are mixed temp
with jersey numbers 
that leave you guessing,
And the elders sit
on their vinyl laurels
and laugh about the 
the planet’'s lukewarm 

© by Katrin Talbot.
Used with the author'’s permission.




Photo credit: Isabel Karp


Australian-born Katrin Talbot is a violist, photographer, and poet. Her award-winning work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and she is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Falling Asleep at the Circus, and The Devil Orders a  Latte, forthcoming from Fernwood Press. Katrin leaves in the Madison, Wisconsin area, with quite a few chickens. Learn more about her at




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Love it!
Posted 12/12/2011 07:42 AM
clever, clever, clever!
Posted 12/12/2011 04:55 AM

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