Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee (Pantheon, 2000), and three books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos (University of Georgia, 2000), Six Girls Without Pants (Eastern Washington University, 2002), and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope (University of Pittsburgh, 2007). A hybrid photo-text memoir titled Intimate, which includes poems, nonfiction, fiction, and photography, is forthcoming from Tupelo in 2011.

Flowers from a New Love
after the Divorce

Cut back the stems an inch to keep in bloom. / So instructs the florist’s note / enclosed inside the flowers. / Who knew what was cut / could heal again, the green wounds close, / stitching themselves together?