Fan Letter: Kelli Russel Agodon

Dear Kelli Russel Agodon,

Recently, I was given the option to choose between experiencing a journey or walking away. It was a back-and-forth debate on whether to stay or go and what the consequences would be of each. While the other person rambled on about what was the right thing to do, I remembered a phrase from your poem “The Botanists”:

“In a busy world, the sour experience
is not the lemon, but forgetting
to taste it”

With each reading of your poem, I can remind myself to ingest the garden and taste a bit. Many lessons learned over and over in your elegant form.

Wind blowing through my hair,


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