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Plastidon inexpectatus in Six Mile Cypress Slough


Image by Joshua J. Cotten

The skink emerges slowly, red nose,

red throat, but like five-lined thunder

on a log, squatting low, throbbing

lizard of a poem, five-lined,

red, red, read of the spawn, this thunder.

Karla Linn Merrifield has had 900+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies, with 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the newly released full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. She is currently at work on a poetry collection, My Body the Guitar, inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars; the book is slated to be published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY).

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