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Emily Vieweg "I'll Read Poems by the Pomegranates"

Adrianne Mathiowetz Photograph

Text of the poem is below.

Emily Vieweg, MFA, is a poet and playwright originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been published in Foliate Oak, The Voices Project, Red Weather Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Art Young’s Good Morning, The Basil O’Flaherty Feminist Voices and more.

More about Emily here.
and her new book here.

This discussion is a project of FM Arts, a radio series of profiles, performances, and discussions with artists in the Fargo-Moorhead area funded by The Arts Partnership with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

I’ll Read Poems by the Pomegranates

If I designed grocery stores, 

I would sell books of poems next to the wine, the seltzer,

and in the chocolate aisle.

Tabloids would live near the recycle bins in the back dock, 

and newspapers would not hide

stuck behind the rent-a-vac counter.

Sylvia Plath would manage the floral department

clipping tulip stems and filling birthday balloons

while wearing a half-smile and a stoic gaze.

Customers would pick their own apples from the produce orchard,

Rilke looking on, shaking his head at each poor decision made by men

choosing parsnips, not radishes, turnips, or yams.

In the dollar aisle, instead of gum, 

one could buy poetry prompts.

Out in the alcove, Emily Dickinson clutches her umbrella and

clacks her fingernails on the windowsill,

waiting for a taxi.

I wonder what Bukowski ponders as he

stocks the paper goods in aisle nine while

assistant manager Ginsburg wanders the gluten-free aisle

still searching for Whitman.

On the back of the receipt –

instead of coupons

for fabric softener and

car oil changes, 

a haiku -

© Emily Vieweg 2020

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