Kerry James Evans

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​​​​​Kerry James Evans is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon), a Lannan Literary Selection. He earned a PhD in English from Florida State University, an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and a BA in English from Missouri State University. The recipient of a 2015 NEA Fellowship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, his poems have appeared in Agni, Narrative, New England Review, Ploughshares, and many other journals. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Tuskegee University.

Photo Credit: Jason Lee Brown

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Metaphysical Citrus


Always, it was when—a time marker

to begin. Never how, or why, until

the ending, perhaps. An epiphany

written from desperation, I might

challenge previous notions, then

introduce an image like a woven basket

filled with oranges. This tells me

nothing about why I am here. How

am I here, if not by the grace of

physics—the creation of pulp

no more than a particle wave

forming a sacred geometric

rhythm? I know it’s about more

than simply clocking in. It takes

work to appreciate an orange basket.

To see the fruit flies as no more a

nuisance than the pesticides

hiding in the rind. It takes real work

to love what makes a thing a thing at all,

and time has very little to do with it. 

by Kerry James Evans

​originally appeared in Colorado Review