Sept/Oct 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 5 PoetryMarch 20, 2024 |

This Is Just To Say

William Eric Williams, son of the poet-doctor, was my pediatrician until I was four and he died. He gave me a chicken pox shot and a sticker for being brave while my mother told him she knew the poem about the plums by heart. He said that wasn’t really a poem, just a note for his mother. In the blue house on Ridge Road I was knocking my heels against history, oblivious. I was eating a cherry lollipop and affixing the sticker to my velvet dress, ruining the feel. His father hated and loved our town as much as I would one day. A very bad environment for poets, he called it, and that was when we were still a bit pastoral. I have never seen chickens none that were living and the only wheelbarrow here is symbolic, red, chained to a tree outside the library. We had plums in our yard and crab apples, until all the trees got brown rot. Not quite two square miles, a dry town, a blue line

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Laura Cresté is the author of You Should Feel Bad (Poetry Society of America, 2020), winner of a 2019 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. A 2021–22 writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cresté has poems in and forthcoming from The American Poetry ReviewThe Yale Review’s Poem of the Week series, Bennington ReviewPoetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from New York University.

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