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From: Vol.01 N.01 – Ecopoetic Ruminations

Hold open the sky

by Sasha Shtargot

Let whatever comes from below

have its place

honestly and cleanly

cleanly honestly,

like the shrill call

of a blackbird

in the early morning dark


Let it be present

and seen,

its sharp claws

tearing tomorrow.

Let the explosive breath

break it into light


Somewhere a distant

ancient continent

is coming to life


Hold open the sky

and let it pass through.

Published: January 2014
Sasha Shtargot

is a writer from Melbourne whose paid work is in public relations for an environmental not-for-profit organisation. He has been published in The Age newspaper, Wet Ink and Eureka Street. He dreams of the ecocentric age and pens his thoughts on the new paradigm in his blog, Sash Rap (

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.