Peach Picks: Two Things to Read This Week
“Mushroom” is all of us. It is staring at your phone screen waiting for the “…” in a text bubble below that thing that you maybe shouldn’t have said. After hearing Paige Melin read this poem aloud at our First Friday reading at Allen Street Dress Shop, I couldn’t wait for its feature at Peach and yesterday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, it was posted. Although there is nothing like hearing Paige read it after several “rage poems,” as I think she called them, “mushroom” is a dreamlike and hopeful look into a stage in a relationship that most people have trouble putting into words. “We’re not/ at emoji level yet but/ I imagine your eyes/ when you’re reading my words/ & that/ seems close enough for now.”
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