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The Hot Sauce Madness Love Burn Suite is a book of poems that revolves around the beloved and sometimes notorious culture of hot sauce and hot peppers. Its 814 rhyming couplets delve deeply into that rich and addicting world, whether they focus on peppers’ flavor, pain, linguistics, or history. Come take a bite out of these verses, and see if you can handle the heat.
About the Author
Stephen Cramer’s first book of poems, Shiva’s Drum, was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by University of Illinois Press. Bone Music, his sixth, won the Louise Bogan Award and was published by Trio House Press. He is the editor of Turn It Up! Music in Poetry from Jazz to Hip-Hop. His work has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, African American Review, The Yale Review, and Harvard Review. An Assistant Poetry Editor at Green Mountains Review, he teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont and lives with his wife and daughter in Burlington.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine reading a poetry book solely devoted to chile peppers. Yet here it is, and the book is truly excellent — and funny. If fact, it’s so good that that I’m designating the author, Stephen Cramer, as The Official Poet Laureate of Peppers.
— Dave DeWitt, aka The Pope of Peppers, author of Chili Peppers: A Global History and The Hot Sauce Bible
Stephen Cramer has breathed fire and life into the story of hot sauce the way only a poet can. From his odes to beloved chiles (as, in one poem after the next, he climbs the Scoville scale), to verses extolling the virtues of dairy as an antidote to hot sauce overdose, or the perils of indulging too enthusiastically and finding oneself “fenced in by the stench of Cerberus’ breath,” Cramer has made a delightfully whimsical and truly unique contribution to the hot sauce canon.
— Denver Nicks, author of Hot Sauce Nation: America’s Burning Obsession and a regular contributor to TIME and National Geographic Traveler
A pepper poet? Who knew. Not only is Stephen funny, but he’s witty and wise as well. The book is an utter delight to savor. It’s not the least bit seedy, but has a nice bite, and a subtle after turn. Enjoy!
— Jennifer Trainer Thompson, author of The Great Hot Sauce Book and creator of Jump Up & Kiss Me Hot Sauce
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