Abraham’s Twig & Berries…


  1. Rufus McCain says

    I had to look up (i.e. Google) every other word but nice work. I like the word play and overarching conceit with Abram/Abraham, leaves/believe, germinent syllables, God's tongue, the three calls in that one line, bloom and blossom (the latter implying fruit?). Tricky stuff.

  2. Rufus,

    Why thank you for the reading – I realize that the obscurity of the plants might be a hindrance – but in a sense, you're resorting to references is part of the work's effect – reacquainting the reader with the names of things – Adam's first apostolate in Eden.

    You caught many of the "goodies" in the poem – I would only add that the bloom-to-blossom stunt was a sort of imitation of Abram-to-Abraham – the connotation being that a blossom is a fuller expression of the bloom as Abraham is a fuller expression of Abram's faith.

    (In a way this poem is a sort of central one to the group; it intones the initial theme of the cycle first introduced with the prologue way, way, way back in February – (http://gerasenewritersconference.blogspot.com/2010_02_01_archive.html – ) The locus genius of the poem, Carolus Linnaeus also had his name changed by the end of his life to Carl Von Linne – at his ennoblement for his contributions to the science of "naming." But you'll have to wait for the end to see what I do with that…)


  3. Quin Finnegan says

    Doesn't "twigs and berries" refer to … something else? Abram to Abraham having something to do with, um, flaciddity and tumescence. Fathering berries from his bough and all.

    The beginning of genealogies and nothing fruity about it. Tricky dicky, for sure … a blatant appeal to readers who go to Gerasene by way of Korrektiv. Shameless.

  4. Rufus McCain says

    It's funny how everything on the blog begins to look like a potential Today in Porn entry.

  5. Quin Finnegan says


    Don't let those Audabon prints fool you.

    This place used to have class … now it's going down the drain along with the rest of the world. Next thing you know we'll be talking about boobquakes.

  6. Quin Finnegan says

    I joke, of course. It's out of a twig-and-berry sort of envy that I write.

  7. …I'm sure Matthew can tell you my randy mind cannot be outdone.

    The turgid and the flaccid are my mainstays, as it were, as far as themes go…

    …and I take no offence, delighted to find fellow travelers to help PENETRATE the text…


    p.s. Interestingly, my word verifcation to log this comment is "phalic" – did you guys plan it that way?

  8. Matthew Lickona says

    Last time I checked, Korrektiv offered to buy Godsbody, not the other way 'round. If things have headed south of the beltline, y'all have nobody to blame but yourselves.

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