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Three poems dedicated to the Piper Nigrum, the most humble of our spices, the black pepper. Initially inspired by a chili eating contest at a Thai restaurant, the book evolved to explore the history of the spice trade in SE Asia.

Shown are the book opened, the title page, and the back side—a map of the Banda Islands (the Spice Islands).

Excerpt from the third poem Twist reads:

Fire eaters gather around a peculiar
feast of sunsets sprinkled with stardust burnt to black/
Papaya with pepper & chili with wild rice
extra hot pad Thai with one more habanero/

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Book opened to show portions of the back and front

Book opened to show title page

Book opened to the back, an image based on an antique map of SE Asia