m and n: Wicked Witch of the West

This story is paired with Chapter 8 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. 


1.

Dear M: Pumpkin pie season!
The pumpkin is a fruit—
also the tomato, cucumber, and zucchini. n

 

2.

Dear M: Interested
in seeing Where the Wild Things Are?
I need a friend—
Pocket Protector finds the idea
of a rumpus terrifying. n

 

3.

M: You already saw
Where the Wild Things Are
with Sugar Spoon,
whom you met at the Coffee shop. n

 

4.

M: You’re writing a poem
about a giant red pepper
that crosses the Pacific, landing
in San Francisco. n

 

5.

M: Inside the big red pepper
is a small boy and a panda bear.

 

6.

Dear M: No, I can not see how
this poem could possibly
have been inspired by Sugar Spoon. n

 

7.

Dear M: You’re attracted
to Sugar Spoon because she recognizes
the bell pepper as a fruit
rather than a vegetable. n

 

8.

Dear M: I’m sure you
and Sugar Spoon will be a big hit at the party
dressed as Harry Potter and Hermione. n

 

9.

Dear M: I’ll be dressed
as the Wicked Witch of the West
and wearing the ruby slippers. n


NBR3-FarrisNettie Farris lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana and is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013). Poems in the m and n series have been published previously in Oddville, Limestone, Pegasus, Slow Trains, and Bigger than They Appear: An Anthology of Very Short Poems.