This selection, chosen by Guest Curator H.V. Cramond, is from Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota by Interstellar Flight Press in 2021.
My name is samara
just like your favorite tree.
I grew up across the street from you and the paper mill,
it closed before I could work there.
Now you and I tolerate pollution
as well as the trees
only a few tar spots on our lungs,
felt gall on our skin.
Platitudes won’t kindle fires
but heartwood will after we take out the spline.
We’ll tell stories about the Crimson King,
his adventures with
Schwedleri and Drummondi
and the Pendulum.
We’ll learn dead hobbies like
turnery and touching.
We’ll get drunk on Norway syrup all winter
it isn’t sweet like the sugar maple—
no, it’s something better.
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