The Netherlands cuts fifty million Peony stems annually…
...more than any other country on Earth.
I wake on my front stoop,
my hands clutching flower pieces.
I count no fewer than forty
Peonies strewn about my lawn,
their heads bursting with flavor
and heft and ants.
I once read that Peonies can not bloom
without their ant inhabitants.
I imagine an unopened Peony:
all sweetness and industry
and layer upon layer
of silken petal and leg…
...I look back at the catastrophe
spread across my lawn,
and know that only you
could fathom the brilliance of it all.
Seth Berg is a zany professor who makes ridiculous stained glass sculptures and writes absurd books of poetry. He travels the multiverse in search of perfect glyphs. He is addicted to hot sauce and survived a 20 day coma. This poem is from his forthcoming third book which will melt your heart and blow your yearning, mackadocious brain.
Street Art possibly by Dewey.
Photograph by Adam Lawrence.
French Vanilla is an art-punk band from L.A., and “Social Trappings” is the second single from their Self-Titled debut album due out March 24th, 2017 via Danger Collective Records.