Kitchen Table MFA (ALL): Green thumb
Words By John McCracken, Art By Trudi Finess
This poem is part of the Kitchen Table MFA, a series that showcases writing communities through interviews and creative writing.
I scrape scabs
into scars from the cuts
I gave myself.
I sow them in the damp:
a familiar grit
a place to plant.
I long to be cut down,
sweetness drained from branches.
I hoped for evergreen.
For now I will settle for not dying
beneath the grit.
I can’t see myself
in this foliage anymore.
I refuse to stumble upon myself
cut down on the forest floor,
Read Nancy Reddy’s interview with ALL here. Also check out the work of other ALL members Steve Tomasko, Marilyn Annucci, and Jesse Lee Kercheval.