Lynette Ng '93 majored in English and Psychology at
Smith, has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills
College, and is completing a vocational degree in
Culinary Arts with the New England Culinary Institute
in Vermont. Her poems have been published in the
Indiana Review, Indefinite Space, AGNI Online, DINER,
Paper Street, and the Beloit Poetry Journal. She has
lived most of her life in Malaysia, and will be doing
a full-time internship with Smith's Dining Services
department in the spring of 2008.
a hunger for something beyond the ordinary
Tonight she relies
almost entirely on the tomato.
riddled with seeds, it defies
biological limits and leaps
the terse distance between fruit and vegetable.
It succeeds because it is
indivisible; it thrives on its own
tart aroma. Vermilion
lengthens into translucence—
later, on a plate,
flagrant bits of orange
entangled in the angel hair.