SPOTLIGHT: divorcing flowers by Constance Bacchus

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the mock orange refuses to sign papers,
says they are in the mail

again has made herself
again has been a big deal since
before merriweather lewis ripped her up by her roots

it stays, it stays

in cahoots flowers bloom snow next to the flagrantly
deceptive red haiku quince who will not call the court
no matter how easy it would be


divorced flowers-tulip tulipa

in bunches that turn
water into mushy
toadstools

the lipstick red tulips decide not to bloom
but the once on the
inside

the maple decayed

she keeps planting
anyway, darling


divorced flowers have changed their names

sunburnt smooth
apples & cherries
are now gingham
dresses

they show off
every day

the hyacinths,
crocuses say they

are better
the same

hyacinths claim

they are mother’s
day blossoms say
they are apples &

cherries are lilacs
& rhodies the
rhodies are
despicably lurking
amongst
shiny leaves camellias


the judge, old fashioned,
wants to give the primrose a chance

her faded soft yellows are
not deadheaded yet

it can happen without me, she says, it was my own idea
I am already divorced in my head

it was a long winter but she is first up after the violets, snowdrops, bluebells
she knows she was in front of the 3 wild roses, the mosses

it rains
she looks ragged, torn
leaves


Like the talking flowers of Wonderland, the garden Bacchus has planted in this book speaks for itself. Each poem, each flower is carefully shaped and nurtured by the poet’s hand and, just like in nature, no two are identical. From shallots to primrose to briars, each piece has its own distinct fauna and tone, they’ve each got their reasons for thriving, for wilting. The minds of these flowers and poems are as unique and intricate as the one that willed them from the soil, or from the page. Forget a bouquet of posies for your mantelpiece, buy Divorcing Flowers for your coffee table.

–                                               -Jay Rafferty, Sage Cigarettes Magazine

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