Best of Irish Poetry 2009
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by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
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Tree ReisenerTree Riesener has published poetry and short fiction in numerous literary magazines. Tree reads at many venues in the Philadelphia area and hosts a monthly reading.  She is the author of three poetry collections-- Inscapes, Angel Poison and Liminalog. EK, a full-length collection of ekphrastic poetry, is forthcoming in 2015 from Cervena Barva Press. Her collection of short fiction, Sleepers Awake, is the winner of the Eludia Award and will be published in 2015 by Hidden River Arts. She is a Contributing Editor for The Ghazal Page. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, where she loves to interact with other writers and readers.








massage oil




the ancient recipe for old testament anointing oil

from exodus (30: 22-23) required


nine pounds of kaneh-bosm

(that’s flowering cannabis tops to you and me


sweet cane to the old translators of the bible

back in the days when hemp –


a widespread cultivated plant

with a proto-indo-european-finno-ugric name –


was a favored crop from adam and eve

down to george w. and thomas j.)


extracted into a hind (about 6.5 litres) of olive oil

along with a variety of other herbs and spices


cannabis a scythian word of semitic origin

according to sara benetowa


of the institute of anthropological sciences

in warsaw shows an astonishing resemblance


between the semitic 'kanbos' and the scythian 'cannabis'

leading to the assumption that the scythian word


comes from the semitic leading me to understand

the old testament folk soaked themselves in herb


it says right here in the bible that god told moses

to make an anointing oil of myrhh cinnamon and sweet cannabis


it was after that one day alone on a mountain

he saw god’s backside floating away from him over the rocks


how about massaging me all over with some of that




©2015 Tree Riesener



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