Mountaintop removal: coal mining country

by Jesse Eckerlin

Because there’s a worrylogged mountainscape
indistinct as muffled chatter,
beneath whose cloying roots a drunk king
shits and staggers, leans down to sink a banner,
between the border and back there’ll be
no flyash for covetous eyes to scatter,
no porcupine quills for sewing,
or minerals dark in bath water.

Jesse Eckerlin is an emerging poet from Cantley Qc currently living in Montreal and studying English literature at Concordia University. He is undertaking an apprenticeship in organic farming in PEI this summer and is currently interested in working in the interstices of Chan, ecopoetics, and contemporary Canadian vernacular. He has recently begun submitting work to various periodicals. He is open to comments, inquiries, and discussions regarding the written word and can be reached at

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