Two Poems

by Rebecca A. Durham Issue: Spring/Summer 2019

Coextinction Cascade

keywords: food webs; mutualistic networks;
network motifs; coextinction

great auk, flightless
com-p+le-x eco+logi_cal_net-work
rate and shape of which
therefore, loss

the disassembly of ecological networks
leads to thresholds whereupon the network
razed/erased, last seen [         ]
biased pruning of the t[r/ee of l}/if/e
Darwin's fox, umbrella species
Global change
is one of the leading problems
faced by h_u_&m/an/[kind]

roughly speaking, let us imagine
Bornean orangutan, teetering
so far we can speak only of

there is still a large gap
in our un_d_er{st_and[_)ing
of this problem

in order to assess, perhaps also relates
                              more pronounced loss
ili pika
nature of the [co]ex_t/in(ct/i)on cascade
these very preliminary results

on both the assembly of ecological networks
and its collapse after perturbations

informed extinction model
robustness           of
                     of            sudden collapse
suddenly \e%a{\r_th\ felt less cohesive

The reader should recognize, however,
that this knowledge is still
very  f{r=ag}_ment[[]e/d



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Rebecca A. Durham

Rebecca A. Durham is a poet, botanist, and artist. Originally from New England, she now calls Montana home. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Colby College, an M.S. in Botany from Oregon State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Montana. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Rebecca’s writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Superstition Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, Riverfeet Press Anthology, Mud Season Review, Meniscus, Epiphany Magazine, Pacific Review, Mantis, Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing, and Poetry Northwest. For the last eight years she has been researching vascular plants and lichens at the MPG Ranch, a conservation property in western Montana. Rebecca is a PhD student at the University of Montana studying ecopoetry, ecocriticism, and environmental philosophy. You may find more of her work at