Weed Grounds

Jill Jones


The way grounds become tired

of being told or dreamt


and weeds, from the work

of growing unattended, unregarded


they’re ordinary, half-wild

and won’t be stopped easily


by the great mutants

the pests of language


attached and rootless in

the same unwelcome


beyond mirrors or concepts

meeting places


flowering and simply kidding

about being flowers


being sneaky and queer within

and beyond spaces


a bit part, a wall, a crack

broken field, a darkness


paths not quite flagrant

defiant and silly


a bitterness in fresh forms

taking and straying


Jill Jones has published eight full-length books of poetry, including The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann, 2014). Her work is represented in major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.

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