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Peter Larkin

Urban Woods

(Section 1 of Open Woods)

Competitive dereliction sets full sticks, pining the abide in assault. Not a mask of it packs green that isn’t frontal score absolving a décor foliar nearest, almost the compassion it can’t open from us: basis for overtaking deals opening trees aren’t arrayed in.

                   re the nourishing, is it
                   an urgent stock alert?
                   lost to hosts
                   packets the term
                   a visit each

Calm block this low, trees sow down onus with a species rating screened row upon row. Urban lofts do this for tree-mass, the town’s hum exhumed home whose expansion goes seriously unending when in plant. Shaded with buried. The tended branch at its slowest from roomside over, give view its bough-stream and ply out along one-way valve. The city lies in warning of its unsorrowing cladding, bark shingle seeks horizontal tray at the slots of dispensation.

                   moody how guidescape
                   is leafstock captivated rapt
                   within the category your
                   starter glades beat
                   their fronds woodily

Urban conversion areas throw sacred grove, have seats impliant with the Open, stacked for place across pulse of local salve. Stowed in the ahead until there are settlement scenes we can offer trees their crowns, openly centred around their streeting. Tree bulge yearns component as soon as touched for bud. Regressive north-spire type, slumped arc of the commercial/ boreal. More scarcities next teeming, more aground to scarcity next rootlessly nearby: blunt post mode of a tree opening. Old trees ensue surround in  suburb-repose dynamic, go the way they got of isolate munificence, no longer stipulating the seed core of a woodland openness.

                   stemmed by lawn in leaf
                   staves must branch
                   slight to amenity
                   with voluminous nest-segment

Respiring initial additions, treed to a wild junction the filter’s violence padded in suburban hard splay. Sanctionless that the remitting agency is prevailing seedless. Who fares whose props are funded to a belt? Where woodland disappeared, disappointed as never opened, fringes siphon off what fields  the trees openly were until shaded for  a reserve built outward just so far. No one is saying it wrong in human concentrates, but how ubiquitous should be the teem? Plant capital attached to opening ground not by any  access grown to account. How far should trees of it string habitats out of themselves by which they aren’t plantable?

                   lichening the back of us
                   grew to warding forward
                   infective niche, pitched
                   like a needle of undertakens
                   remnant with acceleration

Fading not to but off very green dark, a long leisure of accustomed shade, slipping to highest forest on behalf of. A wooded stream of rungs to quantify at home for the best resting branch over, no draft of the simulations but will exact secondary ripple first bring leaf-flow. To put a roof on a tree disassembles the house, to put trees over an uncovered home dissembles how unweathering the sky has become. How deep park references a landscape’s entirety. The human tree loathes by its bounds, loans out an open impress of the woods, typology of a sill it is all window to.

                   filigree patent, then neuro-
                   arborial, a leaf bulk
                   fed urban flanges, tangents
                   enfilade the casuals
                   of woodland striving

What is from shelter-belt immediately extractive? A whole tree needed to consign an access road. With sealant bypass driven through ancient woodland, the opportunity to repose on yourself is how natural processes expire, to be ridden into all that passing. By roads that meanly dip to hedge however the headlights stoop through massive middles where woodbrush is magical in its cage-rates of alarm. Road paving throws up tree regime. The feed-packs are occasional puncture with nil runoff, traffic impermeable once under leaf cover.

                   city grazing less a tree’s
                   enemy than its appealed
                   irritant, browses an open-
                   ing gaze astride

As route is related to rupta a common breach round woods supports factor. Woods comprising such lesser wastes need not be felled if their preservation is throughly speedful. Pickets at the stake of, until rafters know hugely this no-longer-ripe-for-cutting, readily steals out with suburban sleeve. Gloved and likely trunks of obstruction. Richer in regional performance given the stack of greenspace: high because  these nurture packets are storage, or not by wilting trees soaring the stage of. Keys of shelter per node, weakly dense multiway trees.

                   nominated shadehouse that sev-
                   erance blinks a manege so
                   starkly parked in zone,
                   paraglade by protocol, the
                   urban to woodland salient
                   speculatively pre-netted
                   protractive of its pre-
                   dicament’s gauze

Are the woods weak enough to recordon us now for the space we primordially breathed them outside? To enleaf a post-cutter culture  until these shades clarify the bitter plain without being bright by clearing? They are openly failed agencies steering into us. Urban in semi-habitual, caller recognition in sworn sequences of glade: how towering extrapolations of sky can’t be taller than our volume of assent, but it is all a ribboned arching, trees to get by  frequent relief.

                   can invoke enough re-
                   seeding/ unbedding
                   us the wood crisis? short-leaved
                   fault shipped to selective
                   urban sleeping beside
                   tasks of green outline

Creating fenestral woodland is caved with success, the habitat means are swung into embrasure. Failings taking well for onset, maturing deadwood drains this stirless so openly at its curve of hold plus stiff meta-find. Visit forest expectation sites as if a composite unfelling could advance on a wide front, billets tipped for a park. Fashion is fleeting output of large native woodland, its butt opening and then severed facially.

                   personally plant trees by rack
                   forget to cut them down to standing,
                   woodland steeps hidden in vault
                   descry domestic at human default

Re-establishment at woodside daily marshalled by close folds of degradation: to fork the isolation thimble upto the suburb sitting on branch-end. No significant plants will spike urban fringe unless embedding a planning gain, crave of value-cyst innovates belonging to stain. Waste accorded woodland fee  over again, be it well-stocked in the commission cycles: allowing city tents to be the drapes’ over-sky for whatever living ruins  heal and can’t be allowed so much abstraction this year. We are people-radiant in the location use we take from forest and spoke out amid the gapped blockades of wood choice.

                   nature typed out of ripeness
                   writes a zone in:
                   multi-use woodland sieves
                   referent cores of surround

                   abrupts of restoration, the
                   tall dipping-stations, deferent
                   role steals into gift
                   thriving chains of region
                   no longer self-stocked

Patchy location by retribution from the disdaining habitats which remain generous on front-lit call, depends off suburb matting on habitual amplitude, newly assertive that the edge dreams out a braiding sheltered weakly tall. What inflictive distance between our parasitism and our home? Should trees be called to span it, infill their own vistas until vocational, or be companions of the deep shelter monopoly seedcrime?

                   so few forest remnants
                   on suburban pennant
                   species-area wove a
                   plus population screened
                   from group by group:
                   beg tree the overheads

                   neighbourwoods advise cap-
                   sulation, this access adore
                   us down unmeshing pores

Open woods and nearings, their stance of cloying reductively unclear, that we have about us. Young second-growth forests are currently lacking the suites. Closet space begets high canopies without a single desire intact: nesting by glazing free until they dazzle off the rate of opening. Province is niche of the models, devoids are recreations correctly divagated, until diversion symmetrically changes everything. Asymmetry expected the stirring but not to within here the swirl of reciprocity: without the open reversion which would have guided to this entrance.

                   urban flange woodland
                   a hard plate but a
                   cutting instep of following forest

                   alder splash over rushed soil
                   in edge of city brush:
                   as though fall-back
                   given its possible
                   were let open woods throughout

                   woodland of urban or peri-
                   urban screens, that invention
                   with empty coming invites
                   the plots of overhang:
                   bridges by shortage of projection

Peter Larkin works as Philosophy and Literature librarian at Warwick University. From 1988-2002 he ran Prest Roots Press with its commitment to affordable fine press work. He has contributed to Reality Studios, Fragmente, Parataxis, Talisman, Shearsman, Inscape, Angelaki, Stand and The Gig. He appeared in the anthology Ten British Poets (1993). Among his published books are: Enclosures (1983), Pastoral Advert (1989), Scarce Norm Scarcer Mean (1992), Seek Source Bid Sink (1995), Three Conformities of Forest (1997), Landscape with Figures Afield (1998) and Parallels Plantations Apart (1998). A collection of 10 years’ work, Terrain Seed Scarcity, was published by Salt Publications in 2001. Since then he has published Slights Agreeing Trees (2002) and a chapbook-threesome from The Gig Publications, Sprout Near Severing Close, What the Surfaces Enclave of Wang Wei, and Rings Resting the Circuit (2004). Recent work has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Triquarterly, Fence, Free Verse and Ecopoetics. A book containing three new texts, Leaves of Field, Open Woods and Moving Woods is due from Shearsman in late 2006.

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