Penelope Schambly Schott
When stars rise over the mountain,
fruit gleams in the half-picked orchard.
As I wait for you among velvet peaches,
I stand in darkness on their bruised flesh.
Sweetness. Sweetness gathers like bees
at the mouth of juice. I meant to want you,
yes, but never this much.
From “May the Generations Die in the Right Order.”
Penelope Scambly Schott’s two new books are Bailing the River, a collection about what can and can’t be done, and Serpent Love: A Mother-Daughter Epic, poems about a difficult period in her relationship with her adult daughter and the daughter’s essay in response. Penelope lives in Portland and Dufur, Oregon where she teaches an annual poetry workshop.