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From: Vol.10 N.01 – Private: The Transformative Now

The Body Wants to Say

by Kimberley Carter
The body wants to say:
moonlight unseam this
lonely skin and make rivers
once more in marrow canyons
grown silent.

Our dreams are shaped like lakes
and the water enters 
through what is unsealed 
and chink-laden,
floods the bed of our being
so the ancient seed in us
remembers what it is to
breach husk, to be so full
so as to crack open and make 
a newness
we do not yet know
how to name.
Published: April 2023
Kimberley Carter

lives on Ngun(n)awal and Ngambri country. She is curious about what stories are dreamed from the underplaces—of bone and root and scat. Her work has been published in Folklore for Resistance, Cicerone Journal and Cordite Poetry Review.

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.