At Lillie Park

Petra Kuppers

 

Poison Sumac: red gothic earrings on gnarled fingerbones.

 

Velvet touch of a Lamb’s Ear cabbage patch, linden-green pulse in the ground.

 

Black garbage bags, burnt into devil finger’s fungus.

 

Rake up a blue shirt. Orange netting lichen.

 

A shaped metal thing, as if a locomotive brayed it toward spread.

 

Bitumen patches, rain-curled out of seals.

 

Dinosaur seed pods, swollen purple with green sticky sap.

 

Acorn nut, un-hatted, veined, split, keeps the secret.

 

 

Waves from Irinjalakuda

 

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan. Her books include the ecosomatic poetry collection Gut Botany, the queer/crip speculative story collection Ice Bar, and multiple academic books. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she co-creates Turtle Disco, a somatic writing space.

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