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Jerusalem Artichoke


No relation to Jerusalem and not
a type of art, okay? Maybe
  
the Pilgrims when they came
believed they were creating wilderness,

invented whole plants and Native Americans
at the table.

Pernicious gardens overtake huge  
untamed fields. 

A filthy body
must be washed before being fed.

Most animals can be harvested
to make a spirit, 

as earth
can be further refined

to make blood.



Posted 04/12/13
An excerpt of FROM A TREE, a collection of erasures that use Wikipedia entries to make a lyric grocery of seasonal produce.
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