Botany Lessons by Lillian Nećakov

Poem title: Botany Lessons Poet name: Lillian Nećakov Poem Begins: The world asleep in the wolf moon’s arms March already here, again at 5am and I am not asleep thinking about the woman who died under Pennsylvania Avenue under a bridge that was her own private heaven and sometimes trickster Angela at 5am walking gently off this earth while the botanist talks to her trees in the forest hospital cooing to the balsam fir, sassafras, oak you are a book not yet written she whispers p-i-k-o-w-a-h-t-i-k robins at 5am stitching together a song from snow-melt, pine needle, sapwood against cold-morning skin I am thinking about the zoologist’s long arms catching every leaf falling to pleat into a dead woman’s hair underpass eulogy the colour of apricot. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Lillian Nećakov Previously published in Writing in a Woman’s Voice, May 2021. Lillian Nećakov is the author of six books of poetry, numerous chapbooks, broadsides and leaflets. Her new book il virus was published in April 2021 by Anvil Press (A Feed Dog Book). In 2016, her chapbook The Lake Contains an Emergency Room was shortlisted for bpNichol chapbook award. During the 1980s she ran a micro press called “The Surrealist Poets Gardening Association” and sold her books on Toronto’s Yonge Street. She ran the Boneshaker Reading series in Toronto from 2010-2020.