self help :: bruce covey

A chicken soup for the rainbow lover’s soul.
A chicken soup for the lover of chicken soup.
A carnage of birds, a devastation.
Chicken soup for the dried-up garden—
It’s been a lousy summer sucking us dry.
Chicken soup for the grocery list.
Chicken soup for unwanted potatoes.
Chicken soup for extinct animals.

In the west, the sun sets upon chicken soup.
With or without noodles or rice or barley,
Or vegetables—canned or otherwise—
Carrots and celery or egg drop chicken soup—
Chicken eggs, of course—or the alphabet
Or chili sauce. Chicken soup for chili lovers,
For the spicy soul. Chicken butchered
& boiled specifically for your cold.
A chicken soup for the cold soul,
A chicken soup for the sole of your shoe.

A chicken soup for decision making:
Does she love me? Or love me not?
Knots tied with chicken soup.
Chicken soup tied and sold in knots.
38 ways to tie your soup, to be tied.
Chicken soup for the protection of others.

A prayer to chicken soup, may it bring me
A winning lottery ticket. Chicken soup
For recovering alcoholics who still
Need hydration. A hydrangea’s
Chicken soup—to be loved like no other.

A chicken soup for Barry Bonds—
May he break Hank Aaron’s record.
Stick a pin in the chicken soup & bet
On its opponent. 30-Love. Match point.
A chicken soup for winners.
A chicken soup for losers.
Chicken soup for those who tie or draw.
The 60-plus occupations of soup.
Chicken for Sue, born in the year
Of the snake. The snake that ate
An alligator and died. They both died.

A chicken soup for the one who is eaten.
A chicken soup for the one who eats
Things other than chicken soup.
Transcending the bowl. A meta-bowl
Chicken soup for the transcended bowl.
Chicken soup for the transcending soup.
Chicken soup for the Marxist, steering
Away from values associated with heirarchies.
Chicken soup for the mud wrestler,
The roller derby queen. Chicken soup
For dairy queen, for the queen of hearts,

For Lady Di and the paparazzi,
For clean and dirty kings and queens.
For kiwis with wings, for the royal
Food pyramid. Chicken soup in
January, it’s so nice
To slip upon the sliding ice.

flat: sentences from the prefaces of fourteen science books :: bruce covey

1. Mary-Frances applied continual pressure on me to start
    the job and helped in recording and editing.
2. Thanks to Sandra for her heroic typing, although this
    need not be taken to indicate her agreement with
    various points.
3. Peter provided information about the notorious
    perpetual pills.
4. As someone who gloried in seeing dogma overturned,
    he would have delighted in the irony of seeing
    arguments for the reverse.
5. And without their willingness to take on the chore of
    responding to our whims and fancies over a 3-year
    period, this book would have fallen short of its goals.
6. The production of this tome would have been
    unthinkable without the marvelous electronic tools that
    are now widely available.
7. However, Chapter 7 was written in a relatively self-
    contained fashion, so the serious student may skip
    Chapter 6 and delve directly into the theory.
8. The late abbess of Shasta Abbey proved that looking
    through different windows into the same room is not a
9. Nick, who is writing a book on oxygen, gave much
    appreciated data concerning that element.
10. The filmstrip format employed in Chapter 10 originated
     with Elizabeth.
11. I have been very fortunate in being able to use such
     penetrating minds.
12. In recent months, I have often felt like a small child in a
     sweet shop as astronomers all round the world have sent
     me the most mouthwatering new data.
13. Suffice it at this point to observe that I am not just talking
     about wallpaper patterns on shirts and dresses, although
     many of these patterns do turn out to have interesting
14. I do not expect that many readers will want to be
     masochistic enough to want to read the book in order
     from cover to cover.