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By Russell Edson

Let us consider the farmer who makes his straw hat his   

sweetheart; or the old woman who makes a floor lamp her son;

or the young woman who has set herself the task of scraping

her shadow off a wall….


    Let us consider the old woman who wore smoked cows’

tongues for shoes and walked a meadow gathering cow chips

in her apron; or a mirror grown dark with age that was given

to a blind man who spent his nights looking into it, which

saddened his mother, that her son should be so lost in

vanity….


    Let us consider the man who fried roses for his dinner,

whose kitchen smelled like a burning rose garden; or the man

who disguised himself as a moth and ate his overcoat, and for   

dessert served himself a chilled fedora….


Russell Edson, "Let Us Consider" from The Rooster's Wife. Copyright © 2005 by Russell Edson.  Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Source: The Rooster’s Wife (BOA Editions Ltd., 2005)

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Russell Edson
Edson studied art early in life and attended the Art Students League when he was 16. In the 1960s he began publishing poetry; since then, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Russell Edson’s prose poems are often populated with strange and intriguing figures: a woman fights a tree, a mother serves ape. The poems are surreal and fablelike, sometimes resembling brief plays. He lived for many years in Stamford, Connecticut. See More By This Poet

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