Pre­scribed Burn

Room Magazine - - CONTENTS - COREY TURNER

“Each year I hoped they’d keep, knew they would not”

—Sea­mus Heaney

The chick­adees are cav­ity nesters. The fe­male se­lects a site to ex­ca­vate and build her cup-shaped nest.

Their calls are com­plex, with ex­tra dees to in­di­cate ex­tra dan­ger.

When you re­place your neu­rons each year for adap­ta­tion, what makes you choose again and again

to en­ter into a fam­ily? To make a safe space to live to­gether? That it is worth the risk?

Like dock leaves and net­tles, the an­ti­dote will grow near the poi­son

even af­ter it burns and re­gen­er­ates.

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