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A poem by Holly Lee

Inspired by pictures in the Globe and Mail

Born in the wild
a white mountain goat
Born to be wild
a steel silver Sabaru

Migrants on boats
riding herculean waves
criss-crossing Mediterranean

Luxurious Bordeaux cruise
satiny waterways
tasting wines with
Riedel Sommeliers or Zalto Universal

(Globe and Mail Jan. 11, 2020)




Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)

written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing

(53) Heidrun’s Bread

Every Thursday afternoon, the Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market opens from three to seven in the north-west end of Dufferin Park. Mrs. Bento has been there to buy their wood-fired oven breads for years, but doesn’t know there is a bake oven inside the park, until she heard from a Japanese friend Toshio, that people inside the park gather branches cut from old trees and use them as fuel for the bake oven. And certain days, when he walked through the park, a nice aroma would linger in the air with breads still baking in the brick oven. Strange enough Mrs. Bento never has the chance to encounter that oven until the day when Chai and she explored Gladstone Avenue, starting north on Bloor Street walking down south, and being blocked midway by Dufferin Park.

The cutoff was not a surprise. She knew that by driving, that Gladstone is not a through street, they had to detour at some point. What really surprised her was the discovery of the bake oven when they walked through Dufferin Park - it felt as if you knew something or someone for years, but never actually came across it. She circled round the bake oven, which was actually built like a small red brick A shape house, the kind of house any child can draw without second thought. A fire was burning inside and the chimney exhaled some transparent steam. Mrs. Bento wanted to check inside the oven if there's any bread, but the temporary fence set in front of the brick house barred her from getting any closer.

Mrs. Bento loves the variety of breads that she can get from the Dufferin Park Bakers. The breads are put into wicker baskets according to their kinds, each clearly labelled on strung tags dangling outside the bread holders: Sourdoughs: rye, potato-rosemary, caraway-multigrain; Artisans: multigrain, cranberry-walnut, spelt-walnut; Italians: rosemary, multigrain, cranberry-poppy-seed; Rice bread.

One day while shopping for bread in the farmers market she met the chief baker Heidrun. She is from Germany, a country that is known for its breads. The Germans have been baking whole-grain bread long before the organic health food renaissance. In fact German bread culture is so strong that it was affixed by UNESCO to its intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2015. A staple for most meals in Germany, they eat it for breakfast, break-time and dinner. So it was a bit of a surprise for Mrs. Bento when Heidrun told her she learned baking only after she moved to Toronto. She has been baking for seven years now. Still, the reluctant Mrs. Bento preferred to think that Heidrun had learned baking from an European baker, most probably of German nationality, for Heidrun’s bread is dense and substantial, reflecting a tradition and culture that merits the production of a commemorative stamp. She didn’t know that has been in place already. The German postal system has created a stamp with a "German bread culture" slogan that went on sale in 2018. That night, as Mrs. Bento lay down on bed she remembered the breads she used to bake for the B&B. For two, or three years, her consistent labour on home-baked bread had gathered some praise from her guests, and practically worn out her highly rated Cuisinart automatic bread making machine.


"Sushi Grass in Paradise" is an on-going story. To read the full length version with previous chapters, please visit- https://oceanpounds.com/blogs/sushi-grass-in-paradise




Lee Ka-sing
Selection from The Fat Bit Studio series

(vintage work created in between early to mid nineties)

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper
created for the cover of DISLOCATION April 1994 issue

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper
originally created for the background of an advertising photograph

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper
created for a paper company brochure

12"x16.5", electrostatic print, on plain paper
created for the background of a photograph, for the poster of "June Fourth Memorial Art Exhibition"

10"x13.5", c-type photograph, vintage, printed circa 1990
photograph for the poster of "June Fourth Memorial Art Exhibition"


Issue 0228-2020

A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
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