This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Callista Buchen, is from Holding my Selves Together by Margaret Rozga, released by Cornerstone Press in 2021.
Seasoning for Courage
And their fruit will be good to eat
and the leaves medicinal.
bile churning up
into your throat?
That’s the bitter moment before
itself has a wild, fresh air taste
something like the soft grey-green of sage
like cold air warming up for snowfall
like oolong tea brewed with artesian water
perhaps slightly over brewed
Before the taste
of ice melting above the tree line
of wind shifting out of the south/
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