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From: Vol.07 N.02 – Writing in the Pause

At Lillie Park

by 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.

Published: October 2020
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.

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.