Zachary Schomburg

Zachary Schomburg

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
airplanes.

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