@ Rattle: an “alternative” for the violence of the Manchester attacks/”The Tavern Trees” – This month’s Atlantic Magazine poem


Written “the day after the suicide bombing in Manchester….This poem is more of an alternative for than a response to.”

Jose A. Alcantara – VIOLACEAE

If we must have violence, then let it be
the violence of violets, how they burst
into spring, before most anything else—
vanguard of the voluptuous—
Danielle Chapman – The Tavern Trees

Fairfield, Tennessee

Having forced the stiff U.S. Mail flag up
and left the card crackling among cricket nymphs,
the wheel ruts’ little rocks nibbling at my soles,
the cattle grate a memory, a lock installed
to forbid locals from riding donuts on the lawn

Read rest of poem 

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