This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Solstice Black, is from Through a Red Place by Rebecca Pelky, released by Perugia Press in 2021.
There’s something skeletal about it. Though we call them trees, they seem unfleshed, like they’ll never be more than dug-up bones laid out and labeled on bleached tables. Pedigree: It needs thicker sinew, the raw red meat of stories to flesh the bony processes of names and dates. It needs the scarred skin of history, even if just to peel it away. Pedigree, as if bred, like it all comes down to me, and now I’m at some show, balancing on bones stacked end to end, like I’m here to score my color and form, strip back my imperfect skin to read what’s written in my blood.
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