notes on birdsong

shell like trees

coral blooms

flowering prescience

withered umbilico

all dead people are


will we know you

as ourselves?

aching tensions

delicious quarters of sky


can be                         a ritual




to me no

listen let

me speak

to you


resistancy to be present


perforation to the other


settled stanzas           open

up/end routine

perplexity in rhythm

rewilding my            vernacular vibration

rainbow web

of vortex


wyrd spyder

radiation angel

magic juke manifestation alter/nation

wind waves flower

tasting with    my finger

molecule absorption

of sound

birch barking



polar charge

captures heartography

quilting together we

will not apologise no

more unreal   world

offer out         nettles

shaking rattles

bellicose riddle

–fern grow mossripe

uncentered poetics

green lakes & mountains



break              open

my undone curtailed contained breast




filigree sisters

dressed in weather





This poem was generated through the rituals and practices explored in CAConrad’s ‘Ritual and Occult Poetics’ workshop at the Naropa Summer Writing Program 2018.  Heartfelt gratitude to CA and to all my fellow students/collaborators/friends in the workshop, who collectively made this poem possible.

This poem is now in the process of editing and redrafting.  There’s an edited version here, and there are likely to be further edits as the poem begins to form and shape itself more clearly.

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