“I Growed No Potatoes To Write About, Sir”: a Rumpus Original Poem by Erin Belieu

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I Growed No Potatoes To Write About, Sir

nor bogs, nor fathers,
nor special water that was my place
alone to make me hard and wise—
I did not sow nor bury, nor even try to
fudge my nothings in such dirt with
much befangled, peaty spade.

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