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Three Fall Conversations: A New Poem

December 5, 2019

Three Fall Conversations
by Gwendolyn Alley

In the car she says his eyes
look very green. He says “I’ve
been looking at a lot of grass today.”

In the park she hears her on the phone:
“Always on the couch; she’s
always on the couch. She’s
like a small cancer always there.”

In his vineyard, he tells her
“To make the best champagne,
you must understand the mind of the soil.

When you have soil like this,
the roots are deep.
Just like a person —
more balanced, less sick.

When you drink the wine,
you understand the soil.
When you taste the chalk,
you can taste that the wine
is born from the sea.

When you work biodynamically,
you work closely with the sun and the moon.
When you believe about the sun and the moon,
the rest is more simple.”

Tonight my students and I will be reading work we’ve written this semester during the open mic portion of the weekly Thursday reading following Scott Struman’s 7:30pm feature. The reading is free and open to the public.  I’ll be reading the poem above; for more about the source of the conversation with the biodynamic winemaker Vincent Charlot go here.


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