Into the Wild

Into the Wild
Published: Jan 23, 2013
A poem about the wild by poet and literary agent Isobel Dixon.


Rare flower seekers

found his car, a hulk

of desert metal,

all his burnt cash petals

long since blown.


Moose hunters in Alaska

found the magic bus:

Tolstoy, Pasternak, Thoreau,

his Taina plant lore book

and, shrunk to a husk,


Alexander Supertramp,

his lonely trail blazed back

into himself. And seared

on the undeveloped reel,

pre-image of a soul.


These traces that we leave

of all we’ve saved, or slain.

Beautiful blueberries,

seed, moose, river, stone –

the things we’ve known

and sometimes rightly named.


Note: Sean Penn’s film Into the Wild is based on Jon Krakauer’s book of the same name, about the life, and death in Alaska, of Christopher McCandless.

Into the Wild is taken from Isobel Dixon’s latest collection, The Tempest Prognosticator, published by Salt

Her next UK event is Out of the Debris’ at Rich Mix in London on 21st February 2012

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