Carol Berg's poems are forthcoming or in DMQ Review, Sou'wester, The Journal, Spillway, Redactions, Radar Poetry, Verse Wisconsin, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Her Vena Amoris (Red Bird Chapbooks), is available and her chapbooks, Ophelia Unraveling and The Ornithologist Poems, are both available from dancing girl press. She was a recipient of a finalist grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Carol Berg

The Johnson Girls in Bud

We are the opposite of negotiations: documenting all perceived short cuts the fingerprints on throaty scarves, tracks in newly fallen crumbs in our bedrooms. We use the language of fortune cookies to confuse: Soon you will find a small brown bird that flies in luck. Translation: storm clouds brewing in your sheets. We each have our secret passwords for please pass the knives. We report on our conversations with Nature: the running river carries dreams of mud and abandonment. We hold its green gunk in our fenced-in mouths. We confess to stolen stones, stolen turtles, stolen celebrations in the dark cars. The rows of purple crocuses we tattoo on our arms whisper, now you're already home. We tell each other, this much blood is normal.

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