Karen Lepri Poems

 

 

 

Observations of the Grass Farmer

 

the tyranny of water and carbon

these matted roots     thin and diligent

in germinal haste

 

ask the green stalk

                                                   why now           why bow to me

                     as if I               queen of dirt                           as if I

     mogul of fescue                      timothy                          clover

 

the paradox of

 

humus             too much of both death

and life            to secrete milk

of sun              to grow claws from residue

 

earth’s muscle    faceted from

communities       impossible to poll

 

a stem bends       for many different reasons

 

 

 

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Continental

 

For now the divide knows        For now it tells the river which way

And other clues—

Ants dedicated in a small

Stream of sand in the grass     and the minute bowing of blades as they

Wrest each set of legs     forward & forward

 

Or, also true, a trout that moves into   

Pushes against his watery partner  

 

Building a heat of ages

Ice combs

 

Or the difference between a stabled and a wild

Horse    heath spent & heath captured

 

—All known     garnered     memorized

 

But if the field shifted

As they often do:     Early monsoons     Late canaries        

 

Or the eleventh hour of a farmer’s crop plan         

Half safflower     Half soy

 

So soldierly we would trail     So struck in the field

 

And if the rules of magnetism were bent to favor small

 

Children joining in a game of

Copper strands     Baled manganese     Iron pills

 

And one mineral went missing        

 

What then     What would it

 

 

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Karen Lepri's poems have appeared in 42 Opus and Best New Poets 2006. Karen lives in Boston where she writes and works as an editor.  She will be a student in Brown University's MFA program in Poetry in the fall of 2009. She is also Assistant Poetry Editor of Inertia. She has two food blogs called The Urban Kale and The Vegetables Project.

 

 

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