Yi Gao — artist and storyteller

Gently squeeze to see

if fruit yields using a firmly

placed thumb. Astringent

types are yielding when ripe.

Non-astringent varieties

go either way, but note

size and color of each exotic

piece. Place in brown paper

bag with an off-gassing banana,

crumple or nestle together

in a deeply rounded bowl

for a couple of days and long

nights, nesting, entwined. Eat

strawberries while you wait,

sip champagne, embrace, slip

 into our luscious sweetness

♦    Kate Campbell

Note: Scientists in California and Japan have discovered how to sex persimmon trees. Male trees code for a very small piece of RNA that acts as “molecular scissors,” cutting down gene expression to create a female tree. But, the experts say RNA scissors can be “fickle,” and this may help explain why “dioecious” plants that are genetically one sex can also function as another.

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  1. Hi there. I’m a freelance designer in Northern California and I’m doing a pro bono project for a local women’s festival. My business name is Persimmon Graphics. I wonder if I could use this image for my program ad. It’s a small, black and white ‘zine format program with only 300 copies. After some internet image research this appeared and it is absolutely perfect. Boom. I will be forever grateful if you are able give permission for one time use. The event is called 02F (ZeroToFierce) Women’s Festival in Arcata, California, in coastal Humboldt County. Thanks a million for considering it!

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