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Intersection of Trauma and Desire: I Am A Body of Land by Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell’s poem “Their World View is a New Home in an Ancient Land” includes a wry opening stanza: “if you think you can hold dominion over flora and fauna, / that a body and life can be property, / you’d better try buying a constellation.” More importantly, it is the source of the book’s title, and appears right in the middle of I Am A Body of Land, which gives readers a clear heads-up; this is the fulcrum point.