Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Tuesday poem #27 : Stephanie Bolster : KUDZU

This vine thrives.
It’s got devices.

Drives the car, beep-beep
beep-beep yeah.

Came over from Japan
for an Expo in Philly,

1876, just after Edo
(now things could come and go).

Goats munch it,
it slows erosion,

it can make a chair
or a fuel or a quiche

(with eggs and cream and cheese
and ham and dough).

It’s got isoflavones.
Weaves a mean basket.

Plant it for $8 an acre.
But wait!

In summer, a foot a day.
Sixty a year.

The shack soon defunct.
Leave the car a week, windows down,

and it’ll fill with twisted hoopla.
Hear that yee-haw?

Watch the field reach closer
as you roll the dough.

Watched your loved ones’

Eat the stuff
before it eats the South.

Stephanie Bolster’s latest book, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award, and more recent work was a finalist for the 2012 CBC/Canada Writes competition. Her first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General's and the Gerald Lampert Awards in 1998. Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and co-editor of Penned: Zoo Poems, she was born in Vancouver and teaches writing at Concordia University in Montréal.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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