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  • Treebeard
  • Andrew K. Clark (bio)

It now appears that certain trees lower and raise their branches, not only at nightfall or sunrise, but also with shorter periods, such as two hours. It's as if they have an internal heartbeat.

—The Scientific and Medical Network Journal, 2018.

busy as we arewe feel your longingwhen you walk byhands held outfingeringourbark

                        busy as we are                        feeding fallen sisters and                        brothers lying at our feet                        feeding beneath the earth                        raising branches skyward                        lowering again to                        earth each night [End Page 30]

                                                busy as we are                                                you swore we moved                                                & so we did                                                in the dark                                                living moving singing things                                                Fangorn in Sindarin                                                baritone tree hearts

                                                                        thrumming along the trail                                                                        wrap your arms around                                                                        vibrations that feed                                                                        your own heart                                                                        put your head                                                                        against the bast                                                                        as if against

                                                                                                some great beast                                                                                                whose heat rises                                                                                                from the loam. [End Page 31]

Andrew K. Clark

Andrew K. Clark is a writer whose work has appeared recently in Out of Anonymity: The UCLA Writing Project, Good Juju, and NO:1 journals. Main Street Rag Press published Jesus in the Trailer, his full-length book of poetry, in 2019. He is the recipient of the Georgia Southern University Roy F. Powell Creative Writing Award and is an MFA candidate at Converse College.



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