The Tree of Heaven by Marianne Szlyk

I butt my head through
concrete. I defy
polluted soil
studded with glass.
I drink poison.
I squeeze through
fences.
Together with
rabbits and feral cats,
I colonize the park.

It is illegal to plant me.

But in China, my roots and bark
become medicine
to cure baldness.

I am the tree of heaven.

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Jeremiah Walton

Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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