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Pudding Bag Lane:

There are five in England-

all cul-de-sacs.


I grew up near such a sac

in Thurlaston, Warwickshire.

But it wasn’t called Pudding Bag Lane

because it was a dead end…


A pudding bag is a cloth pouch

in which an uncooked pudding

is boiled, so this is a place where

people once baked in a circle;

an enclosed pocket of industrious



soul-bearing and


infinite histories spooled

from the tongue

and intricately laced into the

cloth of the pudding bag.


Of course, this is all untrue.

But it is a real story.

© Sujatha Menon 2021

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