Laura Madeline Wiseman

Horse-Apple

                  macular pomifera

Your misunderstanding is
you believe I am barb
and wire, the crooked

fence, swine-tight
wall of wood, seeding
the irregular line of land

rooted in the grassland plains
like rows of spines and spurs
holding it all in place.

What if you’re not
the master or namer
of beasts your book commands,

but the hard and fleshy
fruit swaying in the tree?
Not the hapless man

who swallowed truth,
but the heavy, yellow orb
by which you fall?

Author Portrait

Laura Madeline Wiseman’s books are Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience, Queen of the Platform, and Sprung. She is also the author of the collaborative book, Intimates and Fools, with artist Sally Deskins, two letterpress books, and eight chapbooks, including Spindrift. She is the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence.

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