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How to Ferment: A Recipe
A poem by Jackie Taylor 

Prepare your second-best preserving jar in advance.

Pick when the morning is rich with pollen
and the bees are drunk-muscling in for early doors.
Select the juiciest leaves from the shadows.
Harvest quickly, with your sharpest bite -

pack tight, add wax, label. Store in a cold, dark place.
Use sparingly to brighten witchy winter nights.


Keep your best preserving jar

for hemlock, and all your grudges.
Consult a field guide to avoid another mistake.

Jackie Taylor is based in Cornwall. Her short story collection Strange Waters was published by Arachne Press in July 2021. Facebook: @jackietaylor.cornwall  Twitter: @jackietcornwall

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