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Special N.01 – Martin Harrison Special Issue

Golden every wych way

by Anne M. Carson

Golden wych elm: Ulmus glabra Lutescens


Each leaf is a lens filtering light into the tree’s

ample aura; taffeta greens shot through with


clean citrus tones. Foliage that steps the sun

down into wattage soft and soothing enough


to do you good. Just to look is botanical

baptism. Behind the new leaves are older,


darker leaves; deep bottle-green which cup

new growth the way a florist cuffs flowers


in a posy – darker outlines lending depth,

definition, three dimensionality. A comely


arrangement by someone who knows her

aesthetics – symmetry, balance, how to use


shadow so the feature stands out. The light

and the dark of leaves is a philosophy the tree


imparts; the new coming into being, the old

falling away, no longer in the limelight.

Published: September 2015
Anne M. Carson

is a widely published Melbourne writer. She is currently looking for a publisher for a verse biogrpahy about Dr Felix Kersten, masseur to Heinrich Himmler. She knew of Martin Harrison only by reputation until his death when she discovered his work, experiencing a deep sense of recognition.

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.