May/June 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Nature's Nature |

After the Removal of 30 Types of Plants and Animals from the “Junior Dictionary”

Almond no more. Blackberry blanked out. Cheetah cast off. But if no acorn, because the young will use language for nature less, by that logic, no arousal, brief surge of blood that cannot continue but lets lives be conceived. If no bluebell because flowers are fleeting, no beauty to begin with for these bodies which wither. If no cygnet, the downy being preceding permanent feathers, then no childhood since those who are sheltered under a wing cannot stay, not the same.As we might wish mother, many children's earliest word, will always be one they hold in mind, can we not let their mouths keepmistletoe, minnow, and magpie? Leave a few things intact, allow the possibility of turning books' pages in reverse to lobster then leopard then lark, to the letter of last—of lasting—of live.

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Rose McLarney
Rose McLarney has published two collections of poems, Its Day Being Gone (Penguin Books)—winner of the National Poetry Series—and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains (Four Way Books). She is assistant professor of creative writing at Auburn University and poetry editor of Southern Humanities Review. Rose has been awarded fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell Colony, Sewanee, Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, and the Darmouth Poet in Residence program at the Frost Place.

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