“The Gardener.” New Poetry by Thea Brown

From the Collection Loner Forensics

May 11, 2023  By Thea Brown

“The Gardener”

This, welcome to: a dirty blank.
Drawn and charted, a tight circle of
Gravel. Botanical theme
Regression, several dis
Appointments and their relief
Track quick plot abandonment, mark its
Divergences and eventual returns in
Gullies. [In this space,] a small fountain of
Concrete. Permanent seasonal
Arrangement disorder. The Dancer
En pointe.
Here, I’ve buried a single peony
Bloom, knowing nothing will
Change I won’t draw growing down
Or into. I pace the lot through the heat
Always pouring, filling divots, slicking air
Greenish, juicing trash in the sun steamy.
I take cover as the Twins drift adeptly by.
Uncomfortable investigations in nature,
My role: a gutter, detached.
Fat flies and drums of municipal water.
Is this a city or a house, a home
Or a camp? Laws or rules, roles or
Honor? Myself or who. Less
The heat’s damage, inevitably.
All my options.


From Loner Forensics by Thea Brown, available now from Northwestern University Press.

Thea Brown
Thea Brown
Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Thea Brown the author of the chapbook We Are Fantastic (Petri Press 2013) and the full-length collections Think of the Danger (H_NGM_N 2016) and Famous Times (Slope Editions 2019). She lives in Baltimore, where she was the 2016–2017 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School, a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grant awardee, and the recipient of a 2017 UCross Foundation fellowship.

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