Ten paper darts at one New Year’s

Took ten years to publish my poem in the form of ten poems, but I love the way Sediments Literary Arts Journal did it, by dispersing the parts throughout their Happy Holidays issue: https://sedimentslit.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/happy_holidays.pdf


Mass mourning

Visitant, the evolution of the feminist PDXX Collective blog, published “Mass mourning” in July.

Seeking submissions of poems to Deep Times

Again, we welcome your submissions of poetry to Deep Times: A Journal of the Work that Reconnects on the themes evoked by Joanna Macy and colleagues’ Work That Reconnects:

  • gratitude for Earth and the ecological/social justice movement, The Great Turning,
  • honoring our pain for the world,
  • deep time (thinking like a mountain) or the Fourth Time (past, present, and future as one),
  • systems thinking (thinking like an ecosystem),
  • deep ecology (the wisdom of honoring all life as sacred circle)
  • paticca samuppada (mutual causality, dependent co-arising, or interbeing)
  • the shift in perception of flows vs. things,
  • our collective work to create new systems,
  • preserving the good and holding actions to stop destruction,
  • how we clarify our roles as agents of the Great Turning towards a life sustaining culture.

Preference will be to publish work or translations by practitioners of the Work, and for poems that would be appropriate to use in the deep ecology workshops.

Contact me at my two names as one word at hotmail about how to submit. Next deadline is Sept. 25, 2016.

Karina Lutz, poetry editor for Deep Times


The squirrel plants the nut
of the tree it most loves.
The human plants the corn.

The mouse stuffs milkweed tufts
into its nest and surrounds the seeds
with pee and turds.
The humans drill gas and fertilize the corn.

The tree drops leaves to nourish its own roots.
The spider makes a web of its own body.
The human makes a hybrid of the corn.

The finch grows a beak to crack seeds.
The human engineers the corn.

The eucalyptus poisons a circle around its trunk
so no other tree will grow.
The human turns its arsenal against all but corn.

The wasp makes a gall for its home.
The beetle eats the most tender bark.
The beaver fells whole trees.
The human makes a machine
to flatten the forest
and patents the tree.

Acid rains down.
The human begins to rouse.

The worm turns waste useful.
The human makes a new word.
The mushroom turns waste wondrous.
The word is biomimicry.
The mycorrhiza draws energy from the fir
and feeds it to the fir-shaded birch.

How place names come to mean

How place names come to mean


Place names come to mean

events. New Orleans, Pompeii,
Atlantis, Alexandria,
—come to mean
elements. Water, fire.

Stone, as fire.


New Orleans used to mean Mardi Gras
or a style of music.
Bay of Pigs was a place people lived
and still live.


Normandy, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima.







To many, Orlando used to mean a week a year

of cartooned humans in sweaty costumes.
But to me it meant—Oh Orlando!

androgyne of my heart, oh tour de force through language’s lips,
shape shifter through history’s pageant, you

“China robe of ambiguous gender
among [my] books,”

you were potentiality incarnate, and incarnate again.


Now death.


(Where on my body

shall I engrave the stone:

“the tsunami reached here

do not build below this point”?)


Stonewall meant a place to stop.

To stop the hiding hatred demanded,

and the hatred hiding commanded.


Orlando, once I read you as Sappho’s daughter

and now you mean hatred’s slaughter.



Let’s take back from that gruesome night
the freedom you meant,
dear Orlando.