This series of erasures uses the Anne Rice novel Taltos as a source text. I elected to perform these erasures using plant materials as a way of celebrating and mourning our current ecological state; the breakneck speed of climate change and globalization is easily observed by those working in horticulture and conservation. In selecting materials for these erasures, I looked for plants that were accessible in the landscape during the month of October, and sought diversity of form, texture, colour, and botanical structures. This particular selection includes a variety of non-native plants; some are invasive, and some are merely naturalized in North America.
What can I confess? I’ve chased my decline too young to need clarity; I Understood falling in love with outrageous shocks and hurt
Sonja Johanson has recent work appearing in BOAAT, Ninth Letter, Poet Lore, and Mid-American Review. She is a contributing editor at the Eastern Iowa Review, and the author of Impossible Dovetail (IDES, Silver Birch Press), all those ragged scars (Choose the Sword Press), and Trees in Our Dooryards (Redbird Chapbooks). Sonja divides her time between work in Massachusetts and her home in the mountains of western Maine. You can follow her work at www.sonjajohanson.net.