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From: Vol.05 N.02 – Make It So

hibiscus synthesis

by Maria Sledmere

a stung mallow_milk bottle     (.)   moreish

contusions of gelatine forbidden directory

in spoken rinds, electric celery       artifice

flavour of noon.all th chartreuse

@ candied massif _ relic the relish! severed

peel of original botanist orris angelica lure

the typical style apparent to fluoresce in

topiary haze of neutral spirit//cuts to fall

an ornamental cascade of scented oils, luff

and aft as round a sail the liquid flapping

light prevails~window shake~impermanent

moment of burr in juniper cochlea it is

always moisture, message, mixolydian pour

to lycra highway_dairy chord in major

longing the spring-caught DNA daffodil

play to minor, dr00p of whey & diary clef

except the mode as glistening~handpicked

in meadows of the Actual,,overripe pinelike

the fruitier seeds make sage of taste, here

foil-curled luxuries left of lemon the pungent

art of sick linalool all mellow distilled ___

pare our way out to cirrus ++ b i t t e r seville

as leftward narrative ground to fix (?) short

cut harvest saw almonds in halves / delete

cardamom paragraphs numerous to app

lies inside <happiness> papyrus insert of

the hieroglyph kiss, its spice of blue gloaming

kindled + plagal cadence w/ twist of orange

how-to save://missing our seas and sunsets.

Published: July 2018
Maria Sledmere

will soon begin an AHRC-funded DFA in Anthropocene aesthetics, ecopoetics and the everyday at the University of Glasgow. She is a member of A+E Collective, Gilded Dirt’s founding editor, co-editor of SPAM zine and occasional music critic/collaborator. She blogs at and tweets @mariaxrose.

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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.