Zachary Schomburg is the author of four books of poems including The Book of Joshua,Fjords vol. 1 (winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award), The Man Suit, and Scary, No Scary. He co-edits Octopus Books and co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series from where he lives in Portland, Oregon.
"THE KILLING TREES" from Fjords vol. 1 (Black Ocean, 2012)
There is one tree for every person, and the
trees have all started falling on the person
they’ve grown tall to fall on, crushing their
people’s skulls into the ground. I take a train
to the forest and stand before the tallest tree.
It’s time I tell it, but it keeps standing. When I
try chopping it down, a cloud falls on me,
and then a burning airplane, and then my
mother and father, and then more burning
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