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HEIDI MORRELL: Kingdom of Sea
HEIDI MORELL : Beyond the Furrows
MARTIN JERVIS : Gardener's Delight

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HEIDI MORRELL
Kingdom of Sea

Shore swells compelled by the moon, driven by massive currents crest, curl and thunder down, a process of eons, carving rock into sand, making shelves in the rugged continent. Light strewn coral beds form, a divine circus of lively function, where colors have fins, where eels sway their grotesque heads, jellies drift in, mollusks sieve the waves, and big lipped groupers idly fan the water, while ocean turtles stop in for rest their flat fin pausing over orange stars, purple urchins, frenetic crabs. Further out in that cobalt blue, bullet nosed swift hunters abound, slicing through the water, screaming towards prey. They shatter schools in frenzy, eat and gorge, the bloodied column now littered with flesh. Debris sifts down, settles in the abyss, where meters long ribbon fish, anglers and bizarre bioluminescent fish reside in blackness, where molten vents host strange worms in the starless midnight of the fathomless deep. Way above, world traveling cetaceans fly though in brighter light glide as whales, whacking the surface gulping krill, family types, dolphins too, sonar squeaks and chatter, they breech and plunge, pirouette and dance in the volumes, the ancient sea, spawner of life our salt tears a vestige of then, a link to the water planet.

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HEIDI MORELL
Beyond the Furrows 

for E. Dickinson
That you know the harsh swell, the knot of stricture and the great release of death. That you know the veined eyelid a moment pressed by the fiber hunting bird paused upon your fence. That you gathered fields and nimbus skies into your clear but cautious heart, sweeping ashes all the while with a broom bound for your work apart. That you never ventured far aloft or trundled beyond the furrows, you still applied joyful palettes soft no isolation could narrow. That next your kind eyes keen and smart spill dark and grievous throes, how did you know all this was a part, you just looked I suppose.

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MARTIN JERVIS
Gardener's Delight

(a story of the garden)
Courgettes are hatching like swarms of blowflies, Absorbing chicken shit phosphates, osmotic balance, To the sun, a burning orb, they photo trope, Stretching out warty, green fingers, pointing compass. Tomato plants, three feet tall, twisting, climbing high, Slaking a desert thirst in gallons of feed, topers, Drunken side shoots, aliens, plucked like eyebrows, Fruits swelling up, water-logged, young sibling melons. The runner beans, scarlet-faced, pace making the field, Peas, mange-tout, broad beans pant behind the leaders, Top of a ten-foot pole, no footholds, viridian crampons, Running in spikes, explodes from starting blocks to the wire. Herbs, sun-tanned, a perfuming whore's bath of chemicals, Luxuriate in soup warm water, pleasured at midday rise, Reach out, lazily, fatherless coils trailing on paths, from leisure And predatory ownership, many tongued serpents slide.

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