Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 FoodSeptember 1, 2023 |

Sweet Potato

Evening doesn’t touch the green pear or the nested shallots. You are the island it selects in this westward- leaning kitchen, where happiness can look so plain I forget to follow it when it flies out the window. Goodbye to my grandson’s confident hand beaching itself on my own like a soft canoe as I cut the cake he covered in pink sprinkles. Over there, in your wooden bowl, tuberous cousin of the morning glory with the rump of a sow and a pointed snout, evening breathes ancient birdcalls from the Orinoco into your red clay ocarina.

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Erica Funkhouser’s most recent book of poetry, Post & Rail (2018), was published by Lost Horse Press. She teaches poetry writing at MIT and lives in Essex, Massachusetts.

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Evening doesn’t touch the green pear or the nested shallots. You are the island it selects in this westward- leaning kitchen, where happiness can look so plain I forget to […]

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