Ex-Wife as Farmer’s Market – Karen Skolfield

Remove your hands from the eggplant,
zucchini, the overly curvaceous, the pollinated
and ripe, ridiculous. We don’t even need
to bring up melons. Hours ago it was
the harvester’s hands or his daughter’s hands
fast and sure, clipping stems, unceremonious,
it’s just a vegetable, darling, no need
to read anything into it. Thorns everywhere,
had you forgotten? And rhubarb leaves,
poisonous. The honey is bottled and comes
at a price. Some specialize in gathering,
the morel mushroom, hen of the woods,
salmonberries. In the third stall there
a guy swears he knows the difference
between the bulbs of wild sego and death camus,
but if the lightheadedness and frothing
should begin? Drink milk. Lie down.
Let this one mistake run its course.

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the First Book Award for Poetry from Zone 3 Press. She is the poetry editor for Amherst Live, a quarterly production of poetry, politics, and more, and she’s a contributing editor at the literary magazines Tupelo Quarterly and Stirring. Her poems have appeared in Best of the Net Anthology, Cave Wall, Memorious, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, West Branch, and others, and she is the winner of the 2014 Split This Rock poetry prize and the 2012 Oboh Prize from Boxcar Poetry Review. She teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.

She can be found online at http://www.karenskolfield.blogspot.com/

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