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Ecotone 18
Volume 10.1,
Issue 18
Fall 2014

Fall 2014, Sustenance

From the Editor


This fall my family gathered at my parents’ house in South Carolina for a weekend of canning. It felt fitting, in the midst of editing work for this issue, to put food by for the winter.

Out of Place
Elsewhere (Featured)

THERE IS ALWAYS something missing.

Is there always something missing?
My eyes snagged on a man’s upper lip. It was a thin lip but an expressive one. You expected those lips to speak a Romance language. And then the man spoke with the flat Midwestern voice of any of us. “You must be Natalie,” he said.
The cabin stood before us shuttered and silent like a big puzzle box we were about to open. There was work to do. Nick opened the front door and we went in and found the old good smell of firewood and burned coffee and the dry smell of the books.

Hungry and observant cooks would have noticed the texture of the pages salvaged from the spent fire, a crispness and pliability recalling firsthand accounts of certain meats.

I told her fishermen only ever care about two days, one being today, and the other being the day they swear they caught the big one.

A search for chicken and waffles above the Arctic Circle leads two poets to new understandings of self and family—and to an unlikely feast. 
A visitor to Nebraska digs into the lexicon of utensils, plagues, and prairie dogs.
A poet steps back into rural pastures of her twenties, where animals, living and dead, sustained her and her daughter.

Determined to nourish her bereaved grandfather, a mother conquers the bathroom scale of her childhood and works to accept the tension between eating too much and too little.

A Southerner savors the particular goodness of mustard greens.
Reflecting on a lifetime of living with animals, a vegetarian-turned-butcher maps the boundaries of empathy for the creatures humans eat.
Four poems from Salient
From the Pentagon
Even to the Edge
The Singing
The Well-Door Sang a Green Song
Once home,
Poem to Be Thrown over the Wall
Poem in a Landscape

Revisiting a beloved poem, a writer parses the “glittering voices” of birds, her boys, and Ellen Bass.

Birdsong from My Patio


Special Features


Frustrated with the whitewashing of Southern culinary traditions, a food scholar examines the first African American cookbook, honoring the skill and innovation of its author and other chefs of earlier eras.  

This map shows the food tips received by one user during a typical day traversing the central part of London, Ontario.
The Strip