This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from We Know Each Other By Our Wounds by June Marr, released by Animal Heart Press in 2020.
To the Man Who Left a Jar of Bees at the Bookstore
man in a blue coat, not yellow: what compels you to travel with bees? are these your familiars, jarred and buzzy, waiting to break loose and juice you into action? is that why you left them in the necromancy section? man in blue, do you believe bees’ pollen-coated feet can dance a dusty measure on your sleeve, and weave a constellation? do you grieve, overcoated man, for bees so easily forgotten among books? you cared for them once: you punched holes in the lid of their glass cell— bringer-of-bees, we have not placed your apiary in lost-and-found, with umbrellas: your bees, bless their soft, striped souls, are reading, through glass, from the Georgics of Virgil: we have shown them prints by Monet and Van Gogh— blue man, blues man, come get your bees before we close: we bought them violets, and now they are abuzz, getting down in their mason jar made for honey: we fed them sugar-water on a spoon, then left them alone in orchestral scores: they are ready to jam— bee-man, do you keep bees for their sweetness? do you believe they can heal your body with pain-killing venom? do you want them to die for you?
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