Small Adult Trees / Emilie Lindemann

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dancing girl press, 2014

Emilie Lindemann is an assistant professor of English at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. She is the author of Dear Minimum Wage Employee: You Are Priceless and Queen of the Milky Way (both from Dancing Girl Press). Emilie’s current poetry project, Lost & Found, explores Lorine Niedecker’s missed motherhood, mother-daughter relationships, and unrealized potential. Lost & Found is a collaborative, epkphrastic series that responds to work by visual artist Karen Laudon.

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Inside a small adult tree a long-haired love child sleeps. You’ll take turns nursing her from a ceramic avocado green bottle—androgynous earth mothers, both of you. In the night, she never cries but rather recites every illicit phrase you ever whispered to one another in the dank confines of a bar called The Reptile Palace: “You are a beautiful plant just beginning to blossom.”