Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gardening Without Tuxedos

Here’s how I might could  say I “teach” these days :

(me reacting to reading   end-of-semester portfolios
from my classes: journals, papers, creative non-fictions,
creative fictions, creativeexpostulations, perambulations.,
constellations, creative translations, creative chapter exercises,
creative vocabulary lists, creative theories of creativity and
creative communication…)

I lay a big sheet of black plastic over the strawberry patch
with holes in it so only strawberries are supposed to be growing
forever because that’s what they’re used to.

Then pretty quick, I rip it off (as it were, in manners of speaking)
and watch weeds grow up galore, how they overtake and squeeze
them straw berries, it’s a riot, so that by the end of semester what
began as cultivating local food-as-usual blossomed into

Velvetleaf, Buttonweed Hophornbeam Copperleaf
 VA Copperleaf, Three-seeded Mercury Common Yarrow,
Yarrow Tree-of-Heaven, Paradise Tree Mimosa, Silktree
American Water Plantain Garlic Mustard Wild Garlic
Alligatorweed Prostrate Pigweed, Prostrate Amaranth
Smooth Pigweed Palmer Amaranth Redroot Pigweed
Spiny Amaranth, Spiny Pigweed Common Ragweed,
Ragweed Giant Ragweed Honeyvine or Climbing
Milkweed Scarlet Pimpernel Broomsedge Spurred Anoda
Mayweed Chamomile Sweet Vernalgrass Hemp Dogbane
Mouse-ear Cress Common Burdock Bulbous Oatgrass
Mugwort, Wild Chrysanthemum Jointhead Arthraxon
Swamp Milkweed Common Milkweed, Milkweed
Butterfly Milkweed, Butterfly Weed White Heath Aster  

to name a few, so to speak.
ok ok it’s not teaching.
Educing, maybe.
Education? .

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