Diane Lockwood – Orchids
They are hot and moist in operation, under the
dominion of Venus, and provoke lust exceedingly.
—The British Herbal Guide, 1653
Such flowers must be used with discretion.
Love of them becomes obsession.
Camille Rankine – Aubade
They say brave but I don’t want it.
Who will we mourn today. Or won’t we.
Black all the windows. Lower
down the afternoon. I barricade
for James Wright
There are more like us. All over the world
There are confused people, who can’t remember
The name of their dog when they wake up, and people
Who love God but can’t remember where
I cannot talk about the place I came from
I do not want it to exist
The way I knew it
In the language of my captor