Put Back Together

Carolyn Williams-Noren

When you have lots
and lots of something good:
a little white mint that comes
in a red and white tin, sticky sap
from a pine tree, hot
peppers. The part of the roof
that hangs down, where rain
drips from, and so on
and so on, and more things like that.


From author: “When my daughters were three and five years old, they asked many times per day, ‘What does that mean?’ I wrote down all the definitions I gave them for several weeks, and made these poems (and their titles) out of that set of phrases.”

Carolyn Williams-Noren was a 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and a 2014-2015 winner of a McKnight Artist Fellowship. She’s also the founder and caretaker of a free poetry library (littlepoetrylibrary.org) in the Minneapolis neighborhood where she lives with her family. Her chapbook, Small Like a Tooth, is available from Dancing Girl Press.

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