Academic journal article Chicago Review

Garden Pieces

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Garden Pieces

Article excerpt

GARDEN PIECES for Jennifer Moyer

i.

this morning orange

false monarchs

alight on purple star

bursts of allium,

onion-scented, swaying

ii.

under a thicket

of pink honeysuckle

white and pale lavender

phlox powder its shadows

iii.

bits of the day

move between tree

light and tree shade,

luminous things

turning themselves

on and off and on

iv.

mulberry and pin

cherry suckers

everywhere

v.

blue jay on

a pine bough

just now,

pinetips, frosted

pale green with

soft new needles,

sprung to his weight

vi.

imagine finches

at the branch-ends

of your nervous

system, tough sound

quick and certain

vii.

not wild carrot

this far West,

Wild Bill, but

prairie parsnip

with a string to its

feathery dark leaves

viii. …

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