by any other name

by alejandra oliva

I used to pride myself on knowing both kinds of names: the names that scientists gave to plants, Viola tricolor and Daucus carota, and the names that were given to them by old wives, or maybe even Adam himself. Names like johnny-jump-ups and Queen Anne’s lace. One name made me feel expert; the other told me about the plant itself. Johnny-jump-ups were b…

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