About the Author
Alice Friman is the author of four books of poetry, including Zoo and The Book of the Rotten Daughter. She is poet-in-residence at Georgia College & State University and professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis.
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Leonardo was convincedsperm came down from the brainthrough a channel in the spine.So much for genius. I saysperm, like any seed, travels up,makes an explosion in the brainleaving a scent of crushed flowersin the memory. On such a trellistrue love might climb. On sucha shaky stair, many a bad applerotten to the core is persuadedto polish himself up before rising,sleek and feverish as a columnof mercury in a tube. Mona Lisawhose smile is older than the rocks,she knew. -- "Leonardo's Roses"