August Bounty – Ann Howells

She hugs the waxed carton,
welcomes chill
that penetrates her thin T-shirt
as she trudges sweaty and barefoot
from the store.
Long blackberry canes arch
across the lane,
fruit fat and tantalizing.
Unable to resist, she gorges,
steps deeper,
deeper into undergrowth,
not thinking chiggers or foxes
or snakes,
arms and legs bloodied
with hieroglyphics,
hands and mouth purpled,
milk sitting roadside
slowly going sour.

Ann Howells’s poetry has recently appeared in Crannog (Ire), Free State Review, RiverSedge, San Pedro River Review, and Spillway as well as other small press and university journals. She serves on the board of Dallas Poets Community, a 501-c-3 non-profit, and has edited the poetry journal, Illya’s Honey, since 1999, recently taking it digital and taking on a co-editor. Her chapbook, Black Crow in Flight, was published by Main Street Rag Publishing (2007).Her book, Under a Lone Star, will be released from Village Books Press in January 2016.

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