A poem by Emily Leider
says something fresh to a dingo
jumps into skunk-cabbage patches
picks through spinifex scrub.
Under the shade of the coulibah tree
pursued by koalas
Kanga bolts between billabongs
negotiates mangrove-dense swamps.
In the marsupial ease of evening
cozy as cocoa, Baby Roo peers
from his La-Z-Boy pouch
heart’s iamb pounding
I-am, Mom, I-am.
Emily Leider has published one poetry collection and four biographies. She lives in San Francisco.