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Susan Blackwell Ramsey

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Susan Blackwell Ramsey is the author of the book A Mind Like This (University of Nebraska Press, 2012), which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

by this poet

Grandpa shrugged when the feds at the kitchen door
        said the pigpen weeds were marijuana,
and they were there to cut them down and burn them.
        “Got lots more weeds—feel free to cut them, too.”

Marijuana was in the news a lot
        when I first heard this story. Mom
and I laughed at her father’s