Jaclyn Desforges – Crabapples

Author and poem title: Jaclyn Desforges – Crabapples Poem: She tells herself it’s okay to long for something and runs her nail along a pinecone. She’s alarmed there’s no such thing as apple trees, only cuttings, thin branches wrapped in wire and propped up by metal stakes. She doesn’t pick her own, buys a plastic bag instead. No use pretending. No use wrapping a shawl around her shoulders that was auto-loomed in Bangladesh. She’d like to have a political opinion but instead she cores apples by hand, drops them in her Crockpot unpeeled and lets them bubble up on low. Later she’ll classify the result as sauce. Later she’ll stir away the lumps, sting her cuticles with lemon juice, wooden spoon it into jars. She’ll kiss her reflection in the mirror and leave the lipstick mark for days. End of poem. Copyright © Jaclyn Desforges Originally appeared in untethered Vol. 4.2 Winter 2018 Jaclyn Desforges is a Pushcart-nominated writer, editor and workshop facilitator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Puritan, The Fiddlehead, Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review and others. Her first poetry chapbook, HELLO NICE MAN, was published by Anstruther Press in 2019. Her first picture book, tentatively titled Why Are You So Quiet?, will be published by Annick Press and released in 2020. She's the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award and is currently completing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Jaclyn lives in Hamilton with her partner and daughter and is writing her first full-length collection of poetry. untethered is a biannual Toronto-based literary journal publishing poetry, prose, visual art, and work that blurs those lines, from emerging and established writers and artists. Created by three York University Creative Writing graduates in 2014, untethered has taken the Toronto literary scene by surprise, producing high-quality print journal of polished, always entertaining work. Known for their exciting and highly attended launch events, untethered is completely independent and unfunded. www.alwaysuntethered.com Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @untetheredmag