Food Poetry: Walnut, by Kim Roberts

Published by Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Permalink 0
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A withered heart
cupped in a tough cardboard membrane
inside a mahogany crate
packed like a precious sculpture
loaned to another museum
where we curators, critics all,
pry them open with crude levers.
The heart looks so unpromising and sere,
but in the chamber of our mouths,
with only a touch of bitterness,
it opens black exotic blooms.


Beltway Poetry Quarterly is the editor of the acclaimed on-line journal Animal Magnetism.  She is author of three books of poetry, Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington, DC (Pearl Editions, 2011), The Kimnama (Vrzhu Press, 2007), and The Wishbone Galaxy (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1994), and author of the nonfiction chapbook Lip Smack: A History of Spoken Word Poetry in DC (Beltway Editions, 2010). In addition, she edited the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010). Her poems appear in numerous anthologies and have been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Mandarin.

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1 Comment
  • Tina
    June 4, 2011

    This is a gem of a poem.