Jonathan Dubow


rests in the throat
fungal and mud

acorn and fern and dripped
threads that stitch them

plaqued with moss            evergreens as teeth

a tongue looks like yellow oak leaves



litters of fault
and continental drift

immigrant eucalypts in dry wind

capturing fog
and fibers of mist it is all

from distance like a skeleton
up close a resonance






These pieces are part of a series inspired by my time working as an aide for a communicatively impaired teenager with Autism in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have spent a lot of time thinking about impaired communication. In these poems I considered the ability of natural ecological settings to communicate within such a massive urban environment.