Both in and both over


   
Probably no building technology is as synonymous with the Great Plains as the sod wall—http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/doc/egp.arc.043.




What with the arrival of the grasshopper
plow to shift the grass from grass to brick
that the soddies began to mound across the plains
This in the path of hard winter

                            sod house sod up and bricked
                            cut sod from sod and brought brick 
                            the field up and stacked a moment 
                                     a knitting the field a knitting up
                                    to wall the sun in the sun full root
                                    bodies inside both up and bodies inside

                                    a gall  

                                    irritating the field
                                    irrigating the field 
                                    imitating the field 

Now, A Pioneer’s Blueprint, or, How I Know It: 

                “a forb or a phorb, herbaceous flowering plant that is not a graminoid.”

                Got it? Got what was got in the box with its blinking figure, the search field, the all that 
                was gathered, the all an encyclopedia tangled in, held, all, in the great thrumming 
                orchards of Silicon Valley’s premier varietal. And when I say all, I mean ALL:

                recitation, relation, recipe, whole compendium.
                And when I say whole, I mean WHORL.
                Coiled body, lose yourself.
                If it’s worth getting, get to it

                the forb to phorb into tangle of, of a simple dwelling both in and both over. That from 
                forb a home gives way in field and is held, thus, there. 

The cat comes back inside to puke grass up on the carpet. So. Some tangible field remains, bile wet fiber.



Rachel Franklin Wood grew up in Laramie, Wyoming. Currently, she lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she is an MFA candidate at CU Boulder and the Managing Editor of TIMBER. Recent work has appeared in We Want It All: An Anthology of Trans Poetics (Nightboat) and is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her chapbook, Every Spring Underneath, is available from Dancing Girl Press.