Zachary Schomburg is the author of three books of poems: Fjords vol. 1 (2012), Scary, No Scary (2009), and The Man Suit (2007), all from Black Ocean. He is the editor of a poetry press, Octopus Books, and co-curates a poetry reading series, Bad Blood, 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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