Typewriter Rodeo: An Ode to Crawfish Season

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem.

By Sarah BeachJune 9, 2023 10:32 am, , ,

For the uninitiated, the tradition can seem strange or downright savage. Where are the utensils? The plates? You want me to do what with the head of that creature? But for many Texans, it’s a season worth celebrating all unto itself.

An Ode to Crawfish Season

There’s nothing quite like it
More than a meal
When you pour out a batch
of piping hot mud bugs
onto a table covered in yesterday’s news
folks will swarm
will tear & suck & che
eyes watering from the laughter
& the spice
big ones teaching little ones
to pinch the tail just right

It’s a tradition
of tenderness & joy
fingers & thumbs working
through the good kind of burn
an all day affair
unphased by the setting sun

By the glow of a porch light
peeling what’s left for tomorrow’s
etoufee or crawfish cornbread
zydeco fading into the night…

a photo of the typewritten poem on a torn half sheet of light yellow paper

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