Urban Physic Garden


Marsh Mallow

June 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Medicinal Plants Poetry Project

mortification root, schloss tea, cheeses
rising out of the salt marsh
our heads are stones in torch
light squeezes through pores
in the air is breathable liquid salt-
tanged cold sweat the
giant ear flits onto a stalk
stealth-shaped sentient dust.
for gravels bruises urinary infections
bronchitis whooping-cough
as everything that seeps out this
sodden land it stands against
grey mudflats sliding into sea.
this is memory. this is sensation.
Keith Jebb
(From Herbarium, a new poetry anthology. Launch and reading 22 July)

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