FNS: A Brief Glossary of Native Plants by Jerry Bradley


Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative, poem,
spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Tonight’s poem is from Jerry Bradley

Lupine is Latin for bluebonnet; Amargosa,
feminine for bitter water, is a desert, a bush,
and a ghost town in Nevada’s Death Valley.
To a Texan mot is a small grove of trees
but slang in Ireland for girlfriend.

The mealy-cup sage, a kind of salvia,
induces visions and affords altered,
sometimes spiritual experiences.
An ox-eye in Europe, the lazy-daisy
is just a fancy florist in Beverly Hills.

Which brings us to the Mexican hat:
an upright prairie cornflower the Zuni’s used
as an emetic when the last traces of an over-
served weekend would not quit blooming.

Jerry Bradley, winner of the 2015 Boswell Poetry Prize, is University Professor of English at Lamar University. He is the author of 6 books including 3 poetry collections: Simple Versions of Disaster, The Importance of Elsewhere, and Crownfeathers and Effigies. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he has published in New England Review, American Literary Review, Modern Poetry Studies, Poetry Magazine, Southern Humanities Review and other literary magazines and is the long-time poetry editor of Concho River Review. More information is available on his Wikipedia page and personal website www.jerrybradley.net.

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