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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