Common Plants of Nunavut
by Caroline Goodwin


This is when the birds start to lay eggs. And this
one starts to uncoil. Today the sky is most unfriendly.

Downright hostile, one could say. All pallid, all doughy, all
globule, all spasm, all unshapely, all unspun. When at last

they can’t find you anywhere, they remove the breathing
tube. Every scrap of cloth. It is dream it is denim it is done.

It is the caribou thundering off.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 1.

caroline-goodwinCaroline Goodwin’s books are Trapline, Peregrine and The Paper Tree. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, she currently teaches at California College of the Arts and the Stanford Writer’s Studio. From 2014 – 16 she served as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Website:

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