Valencia, Fancy, Clementine, Sugar Baby—
their navels and skin peep shamelessly
through scanty mesh packaging:
oranges go bad if they’re not picked up.
Carol Smallwood’s over four dozen books include Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers. Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences is forthcoming from Lamar University Press; Divining the Prime Meridian, from WordTech Editions. Carol has founded, supports humane societies.