October 28, 2021 § Leave a comment
An excerpt from “Seeds” was published today in Ecozon@, Vol.12, No.2, 2021; “Eco-Georgic: From Antiquity to the Anthropocene. Seed 8. ELYSIACHLOROTICA(CHLOROPLAST,ENDOSYMBIONT) and Seed 19. GAIA (BIOSPHERE, THE CARNAL FIELD).:
The light reactions, the dark reactions, leaf unfurling, the light—
eastern emerald Elysia, clade Sacoglossa, Elysia chlorotica
littoral, in the salt marshes, the tidal marshes, small pools and shallow creeks,/
leaf unfurling, the light—the pigment chlorophyll absorbs the blues
the reds, the spectral blues, absorb a photon, lose electron flows
to pheophytin to a quinone, flow electrons flow the light reactions…
January 29, 2021 § Leave a comment
Two poems from my latest manuscript have just appeared in the Cold Mountain Review, Special Issue on the Undiscovered: an excerpt from “Seeds–Pacific tree frog (Hylla regilla, Pseudacris regilla) and “Tonquin.” My thanks to the editors.
January 29, 2021 § Leave a comment
Excerpt from Seeds has appeared in Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Two seeds have been published in Volume 1, Issue 2: “5. Tiny house, caracol, snail” + “19. SARS-CoV2.” My thanks to the editors of this fledgling environmental journal.
Some of the articles in this issue include a discussion of Gary Snyder’s “Poetics of Place,” an essay on environmental consciousness in English Saints’ Lives, and “The Dark Pastoral: Material Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene.”
There is also an art section curated by prOphecy sun, art editor of the journal, who is based at SFU: a discussion of the lichen drawings of Genevieve Roberts, by Caitlin Chaisson; Maja Smrekar’s “Survival Kit for the Anthropocene–Trailer,” an installation “designed as an openly disassembled mobile survival kit, which can also function as a water reservoir;” and Pinar
Yoldaş’s “An Ecosystem of Excess” on plastic waste.
October 18, 2020 § Leave a comment
I participated in an editorial discussion via Zoom with some fellow writers on the subject of wildfires and buried seeds this August. The transcript of our talk has just appeared in Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, along with a poem—“Shelter”—from my sequence ‘Seeds.’ Live now in this month’s October 2020 edition: “EDITORIAL: Buried Seeds in Burning Times”
“From our Call for Submissions: We are living a moment in which planetary concerns converge acutely with the concerns of this journal. It’s a moment that feels dark to many of us and is uncertain for all of us, that has exposed much that was buried before, a moment in which we can no longer deny that we live in bodies and that the health of our bodies cannot be separated from the health of our social and eco-systems. Dark Matter: Women Witnessing was made for this moment of knowing and unknowing.”
April 29, 2020 § Leave a comment
My poem “ᚁ, k’i, betula” has just appeared in Otoliths magazine, Southern Autumn 2020 (Issue 57, 1 May 2020). It’s part of a long sequence I’ve been working on called “Seeds.” My thanks to editor Mark Young for accepting it and setting the complicated text.
ᚁ, beith, birch, first letter of ogam ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜ the tree language.
Is there something it is like to be a birch tree, in the conversion of sunlight to green shadows and tree flesh? …
April 16, 2020 § Leave a comment
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I’m writing this in a small, stitched notebook made in Japan, with the words LIFE / PISTACHIO stamped across the front: the colour of dried blood on pistachio green. It’s March 16, 2020. An RVA virus called SARS-CoV-2 has slipped from bat to pangolin, a smudge of blood to human hand to lip to lung, lungs. Breathe. Breathe…..