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From: Vol.09 N.01 – A Poetics of Rights


by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Kinship mapped neural web
extends, sends sparks silhouette  
surround,      sustain senses.

Her hair, hillside pelts.
Light lifts midst wet veils
tumbling toward lower levels
letting heads spill limbs to sea.    


Only in her presence we exist.
Only in her being, we be.

     What world turned mayhem, mad,
                 betrays watershed to sea?
Published: August 2022
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

is a Legacy Artist Fellow (California Arts Council). Her recent awards include the George Garrett Award (AWP), Fulbright, First Jade Nurtured Sihui (China) Female International Foreign Poetry Award, and a U.S. Library of Congress Witter Bynner fellowship. Hedge Coke’s books include The Year of the Rat, Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood RunBurnStreamingLook at This Blue: an assemblage poem (book length, 2022), as well as a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer (2014, paperback), and a play Icicles. The social media hashtag #poempromptsforthepandemic hosts hundreds of original prompts she crafted as public outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hedge Coke teaches creative writing and narrative medicine at the University of California, on Cahuilla, Serrano, and Tongva lands in Riverside.

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.