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Oaten Orchard by Kara Goughnour

I collect clipped-leaf infants

of coleuses but I am not

the mothering type.

My carpet is a collection

of beige leaves fallen

in a firm fuzz of plushed felt.

When I say that I am a plant person,

I mean that I want to be,

because keeping someone alive is a learned skill and I am still

self-practicing. I am planting

myself in the oaten orchard

of my living room,

I am trying to let myself live.

Kara Goughnour is a queer writer and documentarian living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They received their Bachelor’s Degree in Creative and Professional Writing from The University of Pittsburgh. They are the author of “Mixed Tapes,” forthcoming in the Ghost City Press Summer 2019 Micro-Chap Series. They are the recipient of the 2018 Gerald Stern Poetry Award, and have work published or forthcoming in The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Third Point Press, and over thirty-five others. Follow them on Twitter @kara_goughnour or read their collected and exclusive works at

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