Set to amuse an empress of India, diamonds are
not even fruit – but flush with satsumas
alone, try getting someone to love you for
money. Made in the whirl of a stellar
ballet, tangelos yield to the cut of my Japanese
blade. The crush of my hand makes me wonder
how diamond and orange are brought to our shores –
and what old blood we spill into new Mason jars.
PATRICK CHAPMAN has published nine poetry collections since 1991. Other books include a novel, three volumes of stories, and a guide to the work of David Cronenberg. His next poetry collection, The Following Year, appears from Salmon in 2023. He lives in Dublin.