Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s newest book is a collection of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments. She is also the author of four books of poetry, most recently Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. She is professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. Nezhukumatathil was recently named a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry.
A prose poem from the Place Issue
When I got married, I knew she loved my husband, and I also knew she adored my in-laws because she would gift them these oranges, the most precious offerings of her and my father’s gardens. After my kids could finally eat solid foods, one of her greatest pleasures was hand-feeding them slices of fresh citrus—all the white threads lovingly pulled off for a sweet bite.
A poem from the 18th Southern Music Issue: Visions of the Blues.