Aimee Nezhukumatathil


Aimee Nezhukumatathil (1974-present) is a Filipina South Indian poet from Chicago, Illinois. She received her BA and MFA from Ohio State University and has won a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts among other awards. She is the author of the collection Oceanic, Lucky Fish, and Miracle Fruit as well as the chapbook Lace & Pyrite and the upcoming book of illustrated nature essays World of Wonder. Source

Baked Goods

Flour on the floor makes my sandals 

slip and I tumble into your arms. 


Too hot to bake this morning but

blueberries begged me to fold them


into moist muffins. Sticks of rhubarb 

plotted a whole pie. The windows


are blown open and a thickfruit tang

sneaks through the wire screen


and into the home of the scowly lady

who lives next door. Yesterday, a man 


in the city was rescued from his apartment

which was filled with a thousand rats. 


Something about being angry because

his pet python refused to eat. He let the bloom 


of fur rise, rise over the little gnarly blue rug, 

over the coffee table, the kitchen countertops


and pip through each cabinet, snip

at the stumpy bags of sugar,


the cylinders of salt. Our kitchen is a riot

of pots, wooden spoons, melted butter. 


So be it. Maybe all this baking will quiet

the angry voices next door, if only


for a brief whiff. I want our summers


to always be like this—a kitchen wrecked

with love, a table overflowing with baked goods

warming the already warm air. After all the pots


are stacked, the goodies cooled, and all the counters

wiped clean—let us never be rescued from this mess. 





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:





Love & Relationships

Poems of the Everyday

Literary Devices:


a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line


visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


The use of multiple words with the same root in different forms.