Original poem reprinted online here: "The Love Cook" by Ron Padgett
Originally read: December 21, 2012
More information about the Poet: Ron Padgett
It's hard to read a cheeky love poem and come back to the poem and find something differnt. Of course, as usual, I do put my misinterpretation spin on it, but this poem plays with expectation in a sense and, depending on taste, the poem doesn't cross the line from cheeky to creepy (which love poems do sometimes).
The title set's off the fun. "The Love Cook" is a little corny, but since the adjective noun combination isn't used too much, I found it interesting to learn more. I think for poems that the title is a strong noun (added with an adjective sometimes) the poem sets up a definition -- who is this _______, what is this ______.
So I want to know more about this love cook. The first two lines are disarming, then we get to the line, "in fact / the rest of your clothes" now if the poem went a little farther with this sentiment, then the poem would be more about sex; however, since the poem turns to the speaker giving "have a daquiri", I feel that there's more to the speaker then just wanting sex.
And from that point there's a sense of nuance and double entendre in the poem. "inside and out" could be seen as a "dirty" image but it's like those 50's innuendo about sex like "We're going to rock this town turn it inside out."
So at the end, the definition of the Love Cook is the "you," "I've got the burners / lit for you, you hungry thing" and what the speaker can do for you. It's a very subtle definition, but a very obvious want.