This story is paired with Chapter 6 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free.
My dear, chopping wood
is an intimate affair involving
the cutter, the wood and
For example, the grain of a thing
will tell you which way it yields
and which way it stands fast,
the density telling you
how much force
to split it.
For chopping is not clearing brush
and neither is it sawing, my dear.
Chopping is a means of
to constituent parts,
a way of burning away
to its essence,
its heat heating your body, your food
exactly what an individual needs
So yes dear
when I called you nothing
but dead wood
I was only