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How to pour a glass of beer

Judith Lofley


‘This is how you pour a glass of beer’

someone says

every time

I drain

a bottle

straight into

the open neck

of a good-sized glass.

They speak of angle and approach

finger placement and chill factor

as I watch the ale rise

toward the rim

the frothy head

like lace at the edge

evoking salty tidelines

or foamy washtub suds

this I would rather observe

than be distracted by instructions

about a well-poured beer.


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