An ode to plums


From Traci Brimhall’s “The Unverifiable Resurrection of Adão da Barco,” a poem in the current issue:

First, a tourist finds a poem in the leper colony,
carved in a kapok, ants swarming sap in the cuts.
Then a fisherman uncovers instructions for a rain dance,
an usher discovers recipes for the jubilee.

A riverboat captain comes to town and leads them
to a tree in the north describing the mating habits
of the marabunta, to one in the south with an ode to plums.

[read the poem]