This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Stephanie Erdman, is from Through a Grainy Landscape by Millicent Borges Accardi, released by New Meridian Arts in 2021.
And Rage — a Pot of Orchids you Loved
from a line by Inês Fonseca Santos
Three years the tense flowers
have bloomed from the
green shoots, dormant
for months, now, the nerve curling
around inside a glass bowl as if
it were a beginner. I am
reflective and filthy, in this
house, looking inside the gaps
in the floorboards
for substance, as if this is how
life is supposed to be, a clean
floor, newly painted walls
every few years, the kitchen
scrubbed within an inch of
its life, as my mother used to say.
Spiders long gone.
We are past the newly-minted
version of marriage, all choices of
avenues we used to have
have become deserted. There are
no strata to strike matches on.
With a nod and a fixed stare,
you tell me it will always
be this way, and I fear
many times that you are right.
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