Emmalea Russo

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from HINTERLAND + HEX

barefoot
+ hovering above

false dandelion
like a mother

say: women in
your family
are witches

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the garden is winter-still at lunchtime ____i fill the hours with something like hiding

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___make order
from what was
bracken
________glean
sheaf after sheaf
send them to the
clearing behind
the house which
is filling up fast

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a neighbor painted her red barn white____how what’s under will seep through

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between
mountain
garden__________________________________________________+ wild field

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metal fence
deer-proofed
hoof resistant

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say: ____we are small inside the fenced-in green____even deer think so

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a weed isn’t

_____“supposed to be there”

but what we dig out space for

_____is

i’m not convinced____but you are

begin : _______to paint seeds

(summer’s over)_____on canvas

someone says

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couldn’t anyone
paint a seed
isn’t it a circle

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i say

yep.

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