Mountain Sorrel (Oxyria digyna)

Common Plants of Nunavut (II): Mountain Sorrel
by Caroline Goodwin


Oh the myrtle so bright. The eyeslip, the bee.
Still and know. And how sad I am, and for days

on end. In 1962, they burned the village to the ground.
Your pots and pans, your baskets, your planks where the sun

rays touched first. I gather up the rhizoids. When I am brave enough
to walk past again, I shall place a quill earring in the shade.

In the book of sweet grasses, write your name.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 2.

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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