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From: Vol.05 N.02 – Make It So

Elegy for Microplastic

by Jack Bastock

Not dust but

skin cells that

kept their shape;


tile walls of




The average

use-span of

a plastic


sack was 20

mins. Was

it the strain?


The stretch and


stretch of a


con basket

of goods? Bads?

Hold water,


hold thorned

dropped, bowling

bowl fruit.


Latin name:




or was it


Add both to


the bag-ette

Add sharp squares

Add kilograms


Add cosmos

and see if

it will last.

Published: July 2018
Jack Bastock

is queer and does not eat animals. He studies Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and teaches English as an additional language. Jack lives in Carlton with friends, and on the internet with you.

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.