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Garlic

Ancestry is a difficulty of descent.

Garlics are soft-necked and shelf stable

while sexual propagation is possible.

Green garlic grows

but is not permitted to mature,

the papery protective head

a tender cluster of acid.
Posted 04/02/13
An excerpt of From a Tree, a collection of erasures that use Wikipedia entries to make a lyric grocery of seasonal produce. "Garlic" originally appeared in the Seattle Weekly.
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