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.
Horticulture As a Cure for Loneliness
planted a maple in a pot (fired-clay, turquoise-glazed): the maple pushed out leaves (brilliant, vermilion): I watered, I watched— then, just as vermilion brilliance peaked, my maple began to grieve: leaves like spiders—small, brown spiders, dead in dusty corners—spider-leaves, desiccated fell stoic maple, naked now, a geometry of leaflessness: you can’t bend your branches: you can’t hide your nakedness: your root-ball (confined inside clay) can’t unfurl— were you lonely, your dark roots entombed in turquoise? but if I had set you free, let your roots tunnel under my high, whitewashed wall, what conditional conversations could you have had, so far from a maple forest? should I have watered you more?
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