Let Us Consider

By Russell Edson b. 1935 Russell Edson
Let us consider the farmer who makes his straw hat his   
sweetheart; or the old woman who makes a floor lamp her son;
or the young woman who has set herself the task of scraping
her shadow off a wall....

    Let us consider the old woman who wore smoked cows’
tongues for shoes and walked a meadow gathering cow chips
in her apron; or a mirror grown dark with age that was given
to a blind man who spent his nights looking into it, which
saddened his mother, that her son should be so lost in
vanity....

    Let us consider the man who fried roses for his dinner,
whose kitchen smelled like a burning rose garden; or the man
who disguised himself as a moth and ate his overcoat, and for   
dessert served himself a chilled fedora....

Russell Edson, "Let Us Consider" from The Rooster's Wife. Copyright © 2005 by Russell Edson.  Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Source: The Rooster’s Wife (BOA Editions Ltd., 2005)

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Poet Russell Edson b. 1935

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Relationships, Home Life, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

Poetic Terms Prose Poem

 Russell  Edson

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Called the “godfather of the prose poem in America,” Russell Edson’s idiosyncratic body of work is populated with strange and intriguing figures: a woman fights a tree, a mother serves ape; in the poem “Let Us Consider,” there’s a “farmer who makes his straw hat his sweetheart” and an “old woman who makes a floor lamp her son.” The poems are surreal and fablelike, sometimes resembling brief plays. Donald Hall has said of Edson’s . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Home Life, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Mythology & Folklore, Ghosts & the Supernatural

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Prose Poem

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