From Kelly: I liked this book. Stumbled across it after sitting next to the poetry section to hang out with friend in the Porter Square Bookstore. They went to get snacks and tea as I watched their stuff (after they'd done the same for me). While waiting, I looked at the books beside me.
Response to Work & Days by Tess Taylor
Kelly J. Cooper
Gardeners have the best metaphors
where else will you find
seeds, tender sprouts, seasonal changes,
life and death, plus the heartbreak
of fungal infections?
Green, growing, turning sunlight into sugar,
changing colors, nestled in mud,
life cycles are traps,
then guides, then traps again
but the structure helps.
Facing tragedy is easier
when you have something to root for
cheer on the good plants
rip out the bad plants
eat the results
An ongoing conversation between writers and the text that they're reading.