POETRY JEFF FEARNSIDE We never think of rot when savoring sweet, but they lie together, an embrace like thorns: we remain live-limbed and yet streaks of grey have crept in. We gather and look into our hard plastic pails, emptier than our toiling had led us to expect they would be. We are eating as we go, placing the berries on each other’s tongues, our mouths wine dark from the harvest of this invasive with fingers-thick canes that crowd out the smaller-berried natives. Jam holds no appeal in this season. What in this world can be made for keeping? To pick now is enough—sunburned, scratched, juice-streaked, and full. The sugar of death on our lips is what makes the berries sweet. Without it, it is all just showy display: a purple noise in open fields to mark the seasons by. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 0.0 (2018), pp. 1–1 doi:10.1093/isle/isy028 V C The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/isle/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/isle/isy028/5025050 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 12 July 2018
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