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Organic Form with Miranda Barnes and Sarah James.

Organic Form with Miranda Barnes and Sarah James.

Poetry by Miranda Barnes

The cuttings from the philodendron
have hovered in water
for several weeks,
three of them, each in a blue glass.

One has leaves bigger than the others,
almost palm-sized,
darker green, fewer brush-streaks of yellow.
The sun shines brightest in that window.

Her roots came quickly, now coil
at the bottom of the glass, grow
longer in the afternoon.

Lush chlorophyll
spreads thick inside each leaf.
The roots are creeping up the glass, will soon
be above water. How can she feed off nothing?
There is no soil, just water and light.

Here, there is only dust and what condenses from my breath—
yet I climb a wall and find the window open.


Vernal Equinox

I walk into the sun today
and smell the earth waking
(its green cast through

with a warm gold scent),

receive again the skyblue language of birds
and their happiness
that asks nothing.

The branches of trees gather
their moss-bright kisses

and my bones move easily
inside the warm petals of my flesh,
their movements a slow nectar.

No longer do I fear
the shadow of a bird crossing the sun.

My form recedes and I am weightless.


The Green Decides

No thing hesitates
in the pull
of our sun's fierce arrow.

The green decides
one word,


Miranda is a poet and writer originally from the US, now living in the UK. Her work has appeared in a number of journals in the US, including Ruminate Magazine and AfterHours: A Journal of Chicago Writing and Art. Recent poems have appeared in Lighthouse Journal (Gatehouse Press), Blue Fifth Review, and The Beacon (Lighthouse Poole), while others are forthcoming in The Cresset and Confingo. Miranda teaches Poetry and other genres whilst pursuing her PhD at Bath Spa University.

Learn more about Miranda's work on her website
Tweets @LuminousJune


Visual Art by Sarah James

Seed Moon , Sarah James, 2017

Seed Moon, Sarah James, 2017

Eternal Rebirth , Sarah James, 2017

Eternal Rebirth, Sarah James, 2017


Sarah is a poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer, whose photos can be found in a range of arts journals and poetry pamphlets. She is Editor at V. Press, poetry and flash fiction imprint.

Read more about Sarah James on her website 
Tweets @sarah_james

Slow Dancing in the Tropics with Clark Zlotchew.

Slow Dancing in the Tropics with Clark Zlotchew.

Tales Hidden in Bottles by Annalise Spurr.

Tales Hidden in Bottles by Annalise Spurr.