By Lydia Duprat


A pinch of salt and a thimbleful of honey,

a spoon of custard, rancid and runny,

the hull of a fly from a black widow’s web,

the claw of a lobster collected at ebb.

Grind and combine and bring to a boil,

then strain the blend through a piece of voile.

Add it to the butter on a slice of bread,

and serve it to the person whom you wish to bed.