Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 FoodAugust 30, 2023 |

Porcinis

The Kenyon Review · "Porcinis" by Erin Elizabeth Smith June 2022 A small nebula of mushrooms has escaped my neighbor’s lawn. Round-headed and earthy, they smell of the thick-bodied soups my grandmother would make from a can. They could be so many things —  bitter, bug-eaten, a slit toxic blue — and I expect nothing good anymore. Last week, I couldn’t stop crying, every bit of this world a sorrow. Even the woods were dry and empty, the blackberry field brown with poison, another rainless June. I cannot listen to the news, what horror this country inflicts. So I wait for rain, the closing of the sun’s jonquil eye. At night, I stare at the stars through pine and rogue bamboo, a thousand discs of light expanding again and again, but I feel no awe in how they unfold, just the same smallness I do everywhere now. When the storms do come, they thrash the forest to ribbons, and still chanterelles hide in leaf litter. I gather the end of red c

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Erin Elizabeth Smith (she/her) is Executive Director of Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently Down (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2020), and the Poet Laureate of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, and Mid-American Review and has received support from the Academy of American Poets.

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The Kenyon Review · "Porcinis" by Erin Elizabeth Smith June 2022 A small nebula of mushrooms has escaped my neighbor’s lawn. Round-headed and earthy, they smell of the thick-bodied soups […]

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