A Greening

Featured here is a collaboration between poet Laurel Nakanishi and musician Joe Robinson. Joe wrote, performed, and recorded a song for Laurel’s poem.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Laurel Nakanishi received her M.F.A. from the University of Montana. She is the recipient of the Richard Hugo memorial scholarship, the Wrolstad travel award and a Fulbright scholarship to Nicaragua. She is the author of the chapbook, Manoa Makai, and her poems have appeared in The Black Warrior Review, Bayou Magazine, and The Yemassee Review. She currently studies non-fiction at Florida International University.

Joe spends his days educating young children. He documents some of his more ambitious classroom projects here. Lately, he has experimented with new ways of teaching his students to think scientifically.


A Greening
by Laurel Nakanishi  

As if this hair I have dropped
is arranging itself into an elaborate design under my bed.
As if the trees on my block
are orchestrating to drop their leaves all at once,
which the wind,        in collusion, will blow into subtle arrows.
As if my own shadow were stretching so far         in front of me
that it becomes its own path.         I would follow it.
I would take the map of my own dead hair.


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