Issue 22: Radiant

raquel salas rivera

Reading time: 9 minutes



rising to the earth's height

raquel salas rivera tells the story of a plant, the mimosa púdica. how is it possible to surrender to the touch of an uncertain world? in this poetic gesture, the intelligence of the plant skin mints the right to life as a caress.

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  1. Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2018).

  2. Nature, “Remarkable Rabbits,” PBS Learning Media, 35 minutes, April 8, 2020, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/remarkable-rabbits-preview-4djehc/21389/

  3. Ibid. “There is something about the power of predators that draws us in, but sometimes those that seem like the disposable extras in the scene, the innocent and vulnerable secondary characters are just as captivating. In fact, sometimes they are the real stars of the show.”

  4. Ibidem. “The young bear that signature, these ghosts of predators past, in their biology, in their growth, in their reproduction.”

  5. W. Pfeffer, The Physiology of Plants trans. Alfred J. Ewart (Oxford: Clarendon, 1906).

  6. E. Holmes and G. Gruenberg, “Learning in Plants,” Worm Runner’s Digest 7 (1965): 9-12.

  7. See: Octavia Butler, Kindred (Boston: Beacon Press, 2003).

  8. Victor Jara, “Manifiesto”, 1973, track 1 on Manifiesto, Warner Music Chile, 1974.

  9. Ibid. “Canto porque la tierra tiene sentido y razón. / Tiene corazón de tierra y alas de palomita. / Es como el agua bendita, santigua glorias y penas.” [“I sing because the earth makes sense and has reason. / It has a heart of earth and little dove wings. / It is like holy water, it sanctifies glories and sorrows.”]


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