Ryan Tahmaseb | Breadmaking

It’s how the day-long process
slowly fills our kitchen with heat.

The light, familiar smell of flour
mixed with water and yeast.

This space it creates where I exist
right now, and always have.

I rise with that sticky amorphous
blob, lifting slowly and with ease into

the firmament. This, this is my body.
Like yeast, I’m multiplied from microscopic

fungus, foraging in the wilderness,
into something more significant,

something that creates.


Ryan Tahmaseb teaches at The Meadowbrook School in Weston, Massachusetts. His writing has appeared in Spartan, Kindred, and Education Week. His first chapbook, Mutual Incomprehension, was published by Anchor & Plume Press in January 2016.