Topiary

By Camille Guthrie b. 1971 Camille Guthrie
I cannot know twisted Henriette of the plant kingdom
Engrafted with a crutch. And yet her bulbous concerns
Effuse a solid blue from inside,
Like a steel Dryad, and her gaze effaced
 
Shines with distended power. Otherwise
These clusterjewels would not dazzle us so,
As limbs proliferate through her pulped brain
From dendrites where creation flared
 
And this crippled tree would seem defaced,
J’Accuse! beneath the lace of this clipped sister
And would not glisten in synaptic blasts
 
Would not, from all the reaching boughs of self,
Burst like ripe sapphires: for here there is no place
That does not see you. You shake forth a nest.

Camille Guthrie, "Topiary" from Articulated Lair. Copyright © 2012 by Camille Guthrie.  Reprinted by permission of Camille Guthrie.

Source: Articulated Lair (Subpress, 2012)

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Poet Camille Guthrie b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Activities, Gardening, Nature, Trees & Flowers, Arts & Sciences, Sciences

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Born in Seattle and raised in Pittsburgh, poet Camille Guthrie earned a BA at Vassar College and an MFA at Brown University. She is the author of the poetry collections The Master Thief (2000) and In Captivity (2006). Her experimental long poems and inter-textual poetic sequences often engage with ongoing literary conversations. In an interview with Chicago Review, Guthrie stated, “Writing about another text or object and in . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Gardening, Nature, Trees & Flowers, Arts & Sciences, Sciences

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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