The National Poetry Review

Lesley Wheeler

PAWPAW

Soursop, yellow maddening to green,
resolute berry that knocks the ground,
hard stars falling from August trees.
Sour-hearted pulp, locked in green
for obstinate weeks. Then, scent; seeds
jingle; custard’s plush in the mouth.
Sweetsop changed to purple-green,
gone strange: soft fruit, nocked ground.

LESLEY WHEELER’s fourth poetry collection is Radioland, published by Barrow Street Press in 2015. Recent poems and essays have been published in Crazyhorse, Ecotone, The Gettysburg Review, and Poetry. She is the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and blogs about poetry at lesley-wheeler.org.