Garden (poem)

I am delighted to make the cut for the 2021 Dwarf Stars anthology with my poem “Garden”.

The Dwarf Stars anthology is produced annually by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, an organization founded in 1978 by science fiction author and linguist Suzette Haden Elgin.

Each year, Dwarf Stars showcases the editor’s pick of the best science fiction poetry of 10 lines or less that was published the preceding year. This year’s editor was Charles Christian.

My poem is a triolet, which is an 8-line French form dating to the 1300s. The triolet has a very specific scheme of rhyme and repeating lines: ABaAabAB.

“Garden” was first published last year in my book Devolution (Caitlin Press, 2020).


Deep in the garden lush and wild

Beneath a rotting log

A salamander grows three eyes

Deep in the garden lush and wild

You love each tumor like a child

An owl gives birth to rolling fog

Deep in the garden lush and wild

Beneath a rotting log


About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact:
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