Minor Plot (I)

He hired a woman to look after the garden.  Not the dead poppies, but another garden on a separate piece of land.  They planted seeds in neat little rows . Days passed. When she gaped at the enormous primroses, he began tearing them from the ground.

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Minor Plot (II)

The event loses significance history turns away from, becomes the sound of a harp playing delicate music as she walks toward the burned meadow.

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Minor Plot (III)

He began tending the garden himself, with all the grace of a landscape painter.  The terraces were carved and a trellis mounted beside the iron gate.  Flowers started appearing in every shade of red, a single white lily at the top of the stair.

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KRISTINA MARIE DARLING is the author of over twenty collections of poetry, which include X Marks the Dress (2013, with Carol Guess), Fortress (2014, Sundress Publications), Ghost / Landscape (2016, with John Gallaher), and Dark Horse (2017), forthcoming from C & R Press. Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, as well as grants from the Kittredge Fund and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She was recently selected as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

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