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Poetry #63
(published Late in the Year, 2001)
by Catherine Daly

Salsa is a multimedia event, a method, not a recipe.

Everyone can grow salsa's ingredients, limited only by imagination and ambition. That it originates in Mexico is not a problem. After all, many of us do. Where are melting pots from?

I am coming to believe that North America is not a tossed salad, melting pot, or crucible, but a large batch of salsa, salsa poured into ziploc bags and frozen for a camping trip.

When you arrive, your salsa is ready to eat and your beer is still refreshing.

Portions of this poem were extracted from an American cookbook.

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