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Clade Song 12

Bio Char


                                                                                    do you believe in this leaving

pyrolysis or paralysis             lysis all the same – cell death – prison       caramelized ?

the absence of oxygen          formerly known as suffocation               is required to prevent COMBUSTION


                        does it burn all                         the way down


powdered milk


            we must create             a new disturbance regime


what if you can’t take your mind        off of it            biomass       fuel       crispening


habitable space             for hyphae                     once upon a          phosphorus transfer


                                    within a new context                  there is much that is inconsequential

inoculate the structure                                                                 to accelerate colonization  


amend and


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Susan Charkes lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her poetry chapbook, sp., was published in 2017 (The Operating System). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Amethyst Review, Arsenic Lobster, Cider Press Review, Cleaver, Denver Quarterly, Gargoyle, Magma, The Matador Review, Paper Nautilus, Posit, Prick of the Spindle, Redactions, Scripta, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, Storyscape, The Wax Paper, What Rough Beast, and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is a member of Tenth Sky Poets. More at




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