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From: Vol.03 N.01 – How Humans Engage with Earth

The inevitable snow and the wayward possum

by Dorothea Lasky and R. D. Wood

The sun and the possum and the white snow

and the deer and the mountain and the taro

and the inchworm and the amethyst and the stiff curtains

and the winch blade and the iron cage and the egg,

and the glow-in-the-dark egg and the silver throat and the mongoose

and the on-the-wall duck and the rabid trumpet and the mirror of longing

and the inlaid eyes and the hot pink olives and the bed where I put my suit yesterday

and the porcelain happenstance of your armour and the knot in my stomach and the


all of it, in a pile, and sprinkled with violet and ivy

and sprinkled with rosehip and phosphorescence

the light coming in endlessly

the joy moving seamlessly

through the wind, which was warming the air

through the pine, which was combing the sky

past the black pines, farther in the distance

the world was awash with magic.

Published: January 2016
Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books, most recently ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014). She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City.

R. D. Wood

is the author of two books, most recently loam-words (Electio Editions, 2016). He is on the faculty of The School of Life and lives in Melbourne.

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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.