Monday, March 12, 2007

miss ann's masterpiece

a found poem

Miss Ann is a woman of commanding style

She works alone at her grill
Patting each ample patty lightly
As she sets it down

Her masterpiece
Is a two-patty cheeseburger
Tricked out with bacon
That she tends closely
In the fryolator

The extreme economy of motion
The running dialogue
Of lightly sassy repartee

Miss Anne dusts
Your almost-ready patties with
“Seasoned salt”
Tinged red from cayenne

It looks like a mistake
Too much
Over the top

You get your burger
You regret [your doubts]

This is the next level of burgerhood
It just barely fits in your mouth

After trying a whole lot of burgers, Raymond Sokolov declared Miss Ann’s masterpiece, the Ghetto Burger, the best hamburger in America in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal.

Ann’s Snack Bar
1615 Memorial Dr
Atlanta, GA 30317

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