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Comments (9) Posted 04.21.08 | PERMALINK | PRINT

Allan Chochinov

"Ode To My Toaster"


Ode to my toaster, so shiny and clean
You’re the butterknife's foe, you're the bread's trampoline
You're the lightest, the darkest, the coolest and proud
You’re the jack-in-the-box of the countertop crowd.

In the old days you had a side entrance instead
You were far more ornate as a true thoroughbred
But now you're a box with a push-button trick
You're a bit more convenient, but a little too slick.

And if that weren't sufficient to cause you some shame,
There's your bullying arch-rival muscling in on your game
They say big toaster-ovens are "double the tool"
They can brown up a bagel and reheat your gruel.

But don't be discouraged, I still think you're swell
You do do one thing, but you do that thing well
And though fancy new gizmos might stir up a yen, remember
Your name still pops up, every now and again.




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Comments (9)   |   JUMP TO MOST RECENT >>

Milton would be proud.

I refer, of course, not to the profound man of letters, but to the spokesappliance for Pop-Tarts.
Steve Portigal
04.21.08 at 07:16

IF I might impose to the more rustically inclined:

Ode to camping toaster
a 200 gram roaster
you slide in the rucksack
both the plate and the rack

You are stainless, yet tarnished
proof of energy harnessed
four copper shapes the goods you will hold
crud, I lost one, oh well, three slices of gold

Star patterned holes, heat you diffuse
double as a strainer if that equipment I lose
and if need be, you, too, work in the home
over the stove where no buffalo roam

no cord or no plug or electrical wire
just place over the heat from last night's fire
no need to worry that the sourdough can be burned
relax and unwind you're experienced and learned



cowgirls in the suburbs with old foreeign cars
04.21.08 at 07:42

I love Design Observer! Thanks guys ( and an intern or two ).
uppercase
04.22.08 at 01:45

best part of my day...
diem
04.22.08 at 09:10

Note to poets: every little thought that comes out of your head isn't necessarily worth writing down, let alone publishing.
Charles
04.22.08 at 10:25

Same thing goes for commenters.
John Kestner
04.22.08 at 12:50

Lives there a man with soul so dead
He's never to his toaster said:
“You are my friend; I see in you
An object sturdy, staunch, and true;
A fellow mettlesome and trim;
A brightness that the years can't dim.”?
Then let us praise the brave appliance
In which we place this just reliance.
And offer it with each fresh slice
Such words of friendship and advice
As “How are things with you tonight?”
Or “Not too dark but not too light.”

-Thomas Disch "The Brave Little Toaster"
Marta
04.22.08 at 02:15

Forgotten toaster
Sadly neglected, unused
Behold, the Foreman.
Andrew
04.22.08 at 02:44

This reminds me of a lecture given by Ellen Lupton. She has a lot of great things to say about toasters.
Melissa
04.28.08 at 05:28



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Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, and teaches design at Pratt Institute and at the School of Visual Arts.
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