Annelies Zijderveld


Annelies Zijderveld is a Mexican-Bolivian-Dutch-American writer who resides in Oakland, California. The Los Angeles Times selected her book, Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea as one of their favorite cookbooks of 2015. She holds an MFA in poetry from New England College and her poems have been published in Alexandria Review, Gluten-Free & More Magazine, Garbanzo Journal, and others.

To Eat a Mango


To eat a mango, discard
all propriety and change 

if you need to

Throw off long sleeves or
roll them up,
Tie on an apron or bib 

if you must 

Before you begin to peel the skin
pulp glistening
Before you give in, 

put away your knife, no cutting
board needed when ripe 

Call in sick

or let lunch break into half
day of work, you’ve only got time
to be here now 

Lean in for the good night kiss
goodbye Plunge mouth-first 

call it love

for five minutes if lucky, jaw still sticky,
eating life with intention, all the way to the pit

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