How to Make Beef Stew

Poetry /Stevie Edwards

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I wrote “How to Make Beef Stew” short­ly after war broke out in Ukraine. Beyond glu­ing my eyes to the news cycle, one of the only things I felt capa­ble of doing the day after the war broke out was mak­ing beef stew, which for me is a major com­fort food in win­ter. I love how it feels like a hug in a bowl and the aro­ma spreads through the whole house. In this poem I want­ed to cap­ture the jux­ta­po­si­tion between the com­fort­ing nature of the stew and the unthink­able vio­lence occur­ring. I also want­ed the poem to demon­strate the inabil­i­ty of dai­ly com­forts (like beef stew) to take my mind off the vio­lence, par­tic­u­lar­ly through the sim­i­le where sprin­kling flour on meat makes the speak­er think of the image of snow cov­er­ing dead bod­ies, which was some­thing I saw on the news. Ulti­mate­ly, this poem ends with rumi­nat­ing on whether this is the kind of world I would want to bring chil­dren into.

Ste­vie Edwards holds a PhD in cre­ative writ­ing from Uni­ver­si­ty of North Texas and an MFA in poet­ry from Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty. Stevie’s poems have appeared in Poet­ry Mag­a­zine, Amer­i­can Poet­ry Review, Crazy­horse, and else­where. They are a Lec­tur­er at Clem­son Uni­ver­si­ty and author of Sad­ness Work­shop (But­ton Poet­ry, 2018), Human­ly (Small Dog­gies Press, 2015), and Good Grief (Write Bloody Pub­lish­ing, 2012). Edwards is cur­rent­ly Poet­ry Edi­tor of The South Car­oli­na Review and their third full-length col­lec­tion of poet­ry, Qui­et Armor, is forth­com­ing from North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty Press’s Curb­stone imprint. Orig­i­nal­ly a Michi­gan­der, they now live in South Car­oli­na with their hus­band and a small herd of res­cue pit­bulls (Daisy, Tin­ker­bell, and Peach­es). Ste­vie uses she/they pronouns.