Issue 4 Cover_final_web Poecology

Issue 4

 

 
 

Corinne Lee

 
 
                   frogspawn original from corinnes poems
                           Frog spawn, 2004.*
 
 
“teeming glob of frog spawn—
a great glassy circle of life”

                —Susan Bewley, “Frog Spawn”
 
“Some frog populations have high rates of limb deformities, while others have high incidences of . . . traits associated with both males and females, such as male frogs whose testes contain eggs.”
                —Carl Zimmer, Yale 360, February 22, 2011
 
 
Swaddled, fig bead
eyes of scare and see

can’t unmix.

Flowers begin
to shred apart
at their edges.

Our thick
and newly splattering
breath.

Locked clam thoughts.

I run to inquire, frantic,
yet you pause far apart.

Suddenly what we love
is no longer morning

to the lawn’s green throats.

Legs grow
from mouths: silence.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*Frog spawn. Photograph by Tarquin. Public domain.