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Susan Landers

Susan Landers is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Franklinstein (Roof Books, 2016), which explores the history of one Philadelphia neighborhood wrestling with legacies of colonialism, racism, and capitalism. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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I Don’t Know What You’re Called, I’ll Call You by Your Sounds

dew grass a fire shine
mountain a lung
pine cone the bone
tsunami rock hawk jaw
gravity a fall all consuming
a song chirp for sunlight
spine daggers cracking
the sky an ocean paused in its crashing
creature shake trip whistle
rustle nut squirrel swish
stump thunder or thump
thump a swallowing
you beautiful urchin
you rot mound of moss.