A Poetry Sporadical of Repeating Forms

The Language of Flowers

by Susan McLean

      One perfect rose
was all you got, to your surprise.
      One perfect rose,
the emblem of his love—he knows
that after it’s been plucked, it dies.
To let you know you’re fucked he buys
      one perfect rose.

Susan McLean is an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University. Her first full-length book of poems, The Best Disguise, won the 2009 Richard Wilbur Award. Poems of hers have recently appeared in Light Quarterly, Mezzo Cammin, Measure, and elsewhere.


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