Call the Bees to Come.... / Ashley Barr

$ 7.00

 

dancing girl press, 2015
$7.00

 

 ASHLEY BARR is a student in the MFA program at Boise State University. She lives, teaches, and obsesses over her two cats in Boise, Idaho.

 

 

 

 

LOW YIELD, HIGH STRESS

 

This year, the sugar ends.

The jelly rot,

the thin-skinned skull.

 

Tubers with deep-set eyes

and sucrose-drenched tongues

roll in on conveyor belts,

drop to the dry dirt that sucked their starch.

 

I, Lord of quality control,

of the uniform shape and size,

of the unmarked skin,

and the free from internal defect,

snap potatoes’ translucent necks.

 

They stole deep,

filmy breaths that hollowed hearts

and left glassy flesh.

 


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