lettuce lettuce please go bad
Tiziana La Melia
lettuce lettuce please go bad is an incantation and a plea for transformation. Using the idea of compost as composition – since the organic process of recycling leaves, words, or food scraps into valuable fertilizer enriches both soil and human life – the book draws on divination systems, herbal healing rituals, the cycles of the moon, experiences of stress and grief, and inherited and invented agricultural practices to tease out the poetics of rural embodied language. Situated at the moment when thought become image, lettuce lettuce please go bad expands on the author’s personal history of familial migration and agricultural labour – picking, pruning, grafting, tending, planting – entangled in issues of colonization, land manipulation, ownership, extraction, and food production. In an effort to think through the ways vegetables, fruits, and other foods can stand in for complex situations and emotions, La Melia reconsiders how value is allotted and advocates a return to love to mitigate both personal and collective crisis.