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Lori Desrosiers’ first full-length book of poems, The Philosopher's Daughter is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in March 2013. She has a chapbook, Three Vanities, 2009, Pudding House Press. Her poems have appeared in Contemporary American Voices, BigCityLit, Concise Delights, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene's Fountain, The New Verse News, Common Ground Review, and many more, including a prompt in Wingbeats, a book of writing exercises from Dos Gatos Press. Her MFA in Poetry is from New England College. She is editor and publisher of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry.


At the Tea Tasting

Refilling our cups wielding egg-blue teapot,
she discussed the proper way to steep tea. 

Don’t boil the water like the English
and don’t milk the tea, she explained,
that’s the way to burn
the leaves and dull the flavor.

We tasted Oolong from China,
Chai from India and spiced fruity
Rooibos scented with vanilla and cinnamon,
Green teas from Sri Lanka and Japan,
from light and sweet to dark and bitter,
organic Assam and Darjeeling blacks,
Earl Grey, Ginger and Coconut.

Did you know you can decaffeinate
your own tea by simply steeping twice?

She thanked us and gave us each
a small bag: a gift of Darjeeling leaves.
Now to resist the urge to milk my tea.