Matthew Hummer is a teacher, painter, gardener, and writer. He is finishing his M.F.A. at the Sewanee School of Letters and he holds an M.A. in Classics from Villanova University. He has participated as a Creative Reader at Auburn University’s Writer’s Conference (2013) and he has published in several literary journals, such as Kudzu Review, Stone Voices, Agave Magazine, and Zymbol.
Genetically Modified Organism
We have our own garden, but our growing skills are poor. My wife can’t tell the difference between a weed and a flower. She pulls grassy growth from the untended gardens, but leaves certain weeds alone—the ones that look like flowers. She tends a white-flowered roadside weed that grows from carrot roots next to the asparagus. It produces a bonnet of flowers that grows from stems, like the hydra. She also lets a lobe-leafed plant with a fleshy stalk grow. She thinks it’s a young sunflower. It's sometimes difficult to tell the sunflower seedling from milkweed.