And the Intrepid Anthurium.
Two bumblebees extract nectar, sweet and bitter, from the center
of the rose-colored petals of a flower which isn't a rose. Sated,
they thud against the picture window over and over, fixed on escaping
with their bounty inside them into the air behind them, incognizant that
the path to freedom has been eclipsed, incognizant that they are drawn
to an illusion. With the blood honey in their guts, already a part of
their rapturous marrow. And distinct.
A United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, FORREST GANDER is
the author of Eye Against Eye (poems) and the novel As a Friend, both
from New Directions. He has edited anthologies of poems in translation
and individual books by Mexican and Latin American writers, most
recently Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Brocho.