Poetry at the Post: A, My Name is Alice or Reading Poetry in Alphabetical Order

Avocado
by James Arthur

In a bowl, blind as stones.
In their soft-skinned hides, holding seeds.

Carving an avocado
makes a C-section, and the meat of the fruit
slicks the stone.

Avocado

I’ve taken to reading poems and poets in alpha order—hence, avocado and Arthur.

The opening of this poem makes me want to dissect some avocados and turn them into guacamole, which is what I thought I’d do as soon as I finished reading “Avocado.” But by the end, I was imagining maple tress and dogs and decided to move on to “Aspirations.”

"Maple between pines" by Remilo - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Maple between pines” by Remilo – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Avocado” from Charms Against Lightening by James Arthur, Copper Canyon Press, 2012

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