Yes. I remember Sturtevant. And the cabbage whites replicate. And the green cutleaf coneflower And pollen in the quiet car in September. And the killdeer ringing out And the super moon and the slow train. And the rare lupine. And the abundant blue And scarcity. Double trouble. And compass plant, cup plant, and phlox. And Joe-pye weed, and prairie dock. "Mares tails and mackerel skies. Never long wet, never long dry." And the silver spotted skipper And the sudden clear winged moth And the bee balm, also bergamot Of Sturtevant and Union Grove.
Chuck Stebelton is author of An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, 2020) and two previous full-length collections of poetry. He served as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center from 2005 to 2017. As a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for conservancy groups and arts organizations including Friends of Cedarburg Bog, Milwaukee Audubon Society, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He edits Partly Press for Lynden Sculpture Garden and is currently a participant in Lynden's residency program.
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