Poem of the week: A Jar of Figs

A new poem by Kevin Cantwell

Kevin Cantwell’s recent book is One of Those Russian Novels.

Kevin Cantwell’s recent book is One of Those Russian Novels.

 

We are trying to guess its spices,

the small, hand-lettered

jar of preserves open on the counter.

We taste cinnamon and bits of apple –

and standing in the old kitchen

my sweet ex cooked in I can see outside

one tattered mockingbird

stabbing the seeds of a split fig.

Tamar spreads its glop

on a heel of crust – Delicious,

she says – faint clove?

And that mimic thrush

needling for something else.

  • Kevin Cantwell’s most recent book is One of Those Russian Novels. He was a recipient of the James Dickey Award for poetry and is associate provost and Dean of Studies in Middle Georgia State College.