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June 2009, vol 5 no 2

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Tad Wojnicki


Talk from the Salad Bowl

At dawn I wake up. My papers fly. Sheets wing, galleys glide, files flee. The page caught in my printer flips like a fish tail. Salty ocean breeze blows down the Salinas Valley – sweetening seeds, dusting vines, greening veggies, digging earthy smells – and then, it barges into my room through the open window – burdened with the fresh dirt. I find dirt in Leaves of Grass, Flowers of Evil, The Grapes of Wrath – everything I love.

Writing in the Salad Bowl of America, I scratch the dirt from the bottom of my wallet, digging for copper. I shouldn't be bitching, though. Writers dish dirt.

sharp blows
bloody leaves
hit the dirt

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