KUDZU AS A METAPHOR FOR DESIRE
Robbie Borrello, “Graft,” Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies (vol. 49. No. 2, August 2018) / Kudzu by Ryan McGinley / Natalie Diaz, From the Desire Field / Adam Kuehl / Kudzu by Saeed Jones / Brittanys Ivy by Ryan McGinley / Kudzu by John Bensko / Nathan Cyprys / Endless Summer by Nate Pritts
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So why 'kudzu'? I'm assuming it's more affectionate/fond depending on how well mc gets along with G?
Yep! It's G's way of essentially calling MC a cockroach, but without so much of the underlying negativity that "cockroach" holds!
In parts of the US, kudzu is pretty much impossible to get rid of; the best way to get rid of it is to let winter take its course and kill it with the cold, but if it doesn't get cold enough, the leaves will die but the root system will persevere. Hence, even if all the kudzu on the surface appears dead, when spring comes it'll be back with a vengeance. Hence why I say it’s the plant equivalent of the cockroach!
G is essentially likening MC to that attribute of kudzu; a survivor, one who perseveres, and someone who's damn hard to kill! When G is fond of MC (or has a mutual understanding), that fondness leaks into the nickname, and it's a compliment to MC's fortitude. When G and MC don't get along, it's more of a comment on how MC hangs on tooth and claw, is impossible to get rid of, and takes on a bit more of that negative "cockroach" vibe.
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