from the ghost of the harvest madonna
Tears of the Madonna, the Hunger and Other Stories. “Madonna Rescues Malawian Child – only 12 Million to Go.” A boy with an allergy to ghosts has trouble with too-logical teachers who say ghosts don’t exist. To celebrate the autumn harvest, the boy claims he had seen his real father’s ghost. The father tells his son “your vitriol towards Madonna seems out of control.”
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Craig Santos Perez is the author of from Unincorporated Territory (Tinfish Press) and from Unincorporated Territory [saina] (Omnidawn). No Tell Motel first published this poem in March 2007. Craig wrote, "These poems are from a prose poem manuscript titled "the ghost of the harvest madonna," which explores the possibilities of disjunctive allegory."