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The Runner-up of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for 2016 is miriam nash

Two Poems | miriam nash


Guide

 

The seals along these rocks might be

         the men who manned the boats a year before,

 

the bones along the shore: a girl

                  who lent her body as a ladder

         to a King’s son

                    climbing down a well.

 

Whisper potato to potatoes,

                                     beet to beets.

 

Don’t touch the carrot hair too soon.

 

These trees each have their name

but you may call them birch.

 

You make a rule now. Follow it with me.

 



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At my Parents’ Wedding

 

Between the salads of quinoa and bulgur wheat,

my father’s mother slipped a whole cured ham.

All afternoon, children of vegetarians

came running with their wild, broad-bean eyes

and begged for some. A special understanding

grows between those who peer in from the edges

at the essential, middle generation, thought

my soon-to-be-grandmother, as she carved.