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Apples (1980): …Are not the Only Fruit

Rose Mary Prosen, Apples (self-published, 1980)

[originally posted 11Jun2001]

photo credit: nogoodcause.blogspot.com

We can’t show it to you because the Internet fails us (and mine is long gone).

Once again, the lack of a publisher on this chapbook sent alarm bells screaming off in my head. After I finished it, I thought, “that could have been a whole lot worse.” Prosen seems to fall into that category of poets who aren’t quite slick enough to break into the major academic press, but aren’t so awful that they end up making a mint writing cards for Blue Mountain. As such, there’s really nothing for them to do but self-publish. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on self-publishers. After all, Richard Cronshey did it.

That said, Cronshey is one in a million. But perhaps there’s a curve, and the truly awful are one in a million too, and there’s more of this stuff out there. Don’t go into it looking for the next Billy Blake, or even the next Richard Cronshey, but you may come away with a bit more than you expected.

Even today,
I still save jars,
mostly pickle and juice,
and their snug bright lids.

Out from the dishwasher,
onto a shelf,
as though
I were a pioneer,

Collecting what I could
against a long, cold winter,
as though
my land were more

Than a city plot
and I had to hire hands
for a bumper crop…

** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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