Disturbance in the Air
by Michele Poulos
Golden Age of Herbalists"
he throws a fist of parsley into the pond,
man believes the ailing fish will heal. In 1540,
Turner studied plants for the resolve
each one: wolfberry for scars;
lye from gentian roots to clean cloth;
to soothe snake venom.
As a boy, he had found his mother on the kitchen
body bent in half, coughing,
on a distant plane. He fed her evening
primrose oil and the immense choke loosened;
breathed once again.
They were more than simples to heal bones
cure diseases -- he studied their moods, their networks of
be seed, be influence.
You, who are always trying.
he finally took to the countryside, he carried
sack and a knife, dusk settling
on leaf-points as if in the summer months
passions were precisely edged.
alone in the meadow, he knew everything.
he caught sight of was in the
would die before he would, yet he held
his hands a garden, an herbal
would pen against sickness, soreness, wounds,
the formulas behind the labyrinth
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Poulos's poems and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Best New
Poets 2012, The Southern Review, The
Anthology, Vol. IV Louisiana, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Copper
Nickel, Sycamore Review,
and other journals. Her essays and book reviews have been published in Blackbird
and Stone Canoe