My most requested recipe:

In a large bowl, combine:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons Cream of Tartar

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

water that has just boiled
2 tablespoons canola oil
a few drops of paint or food coloring (optional)

Pour the water mixture over the flour and stir vigorously with a rubber spatula.
When all the flour is incorporated, dump the mass onto a smooth surface lined with wax paper and knead it. If it is sticky, add a bit of flour. Knead until smooth and then allow to cool. When it is cool, put it into a sealed container.

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Terimuso means friend in the lingua franca of Mali, West Africa. My poems reflect the many homelands of my childhood. My dad snapped the header photo to this blog in Casablanca, Morocco, as we were en route to Montpellier, France. This photo—with me in a red dress, holding my mom's hand—foreshadows the themes I explore in poetry: light and dark, East and West, mother and child. In this blog I juxtapose early and recent poems, stringing them together as they come to mind or as one theme suggests another. I invite you to accompany me on the journey.

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