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From: Vol.07 N.01 – Plant Poetics

summer time

by Tim Heffernan

(for samar)



there is a retirement expo

at kembla grange


but only yesterday

i learned that you had gone

too far


in my garden

are some plants i am trying

to keep alive


i thought the native pea

was dead in its pot

but there are a few


new shoots

and the transplanted

tree fern still has


promise in an

uncurling frond

i am sorry that


i could not


your watering

Published: March 2020
Tim Heffernan

was awarded the 2016 joanne burns prize for his prose poem ‘barunga conversations’ and shortlisted in 2015 for ‘butterflies in iraq’. He is co-editor of Verity La’s, ‘Clozapine Clinic – The Frater Project.’ Tim has enjoyed exploring ‘mad poetry’ both in print and as spoken word at recent Queensland and Wollongong Writers Festivals.

An Australian and international
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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.