Remaking a Neglected Orchard – Nathaniel Perry

It was a good idea, cutting away
the vines and ivy, trimming back
the chest-high thicket lazy years
had let grow here. Though it wasn’t for lack

 

of love for the trees, I’d like to point out.
Years love trees in a way we can’t
imagine. They just don’t use the fruit
like us; they want instead the slant

 

of sun through narrow branches, the buckshot
of rain on these old cherries. And we,
now that I think on it, want those
things too, we just always and desperately

 

want the sugar of the fruit, the best
we’ll get from this irascible land:
sweetness we can gather for years,
new stains staining the stains on our hands.
If you haven’t read anything this man has written, you need to! He’s wonderful.
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2 thoughts on “Remaking a Neglected Orchard – Nathaniel Perry

    • He’s actually the brother of one of my CRW profs (and bro-in-law, since I have a husband and wife pair this year). He came to Elon last spring and I have his chapbook somewhere…Nine Acres? It’s great.

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