ICAROS returns to the shared roots of plant, animal and human existence. From the evolution of a single ancestor some four billion years ago, the poems entangle plant and human experience, song, ceremony, medicine and healing. The poems grow from Bennett’s childhood in a plant nursery as well as experiences of vegetal ceremonies during her time living in Central and South America where botanical knowledge is revered and plants are known the wisest of teachers.
Illuminating the poems are artworks by Jacqueline Cavallaro who layers human and non-human connections. Below the surface of bodies, we’re invited into a realm of molecular questions and mark-making that invites new interpretations of word, image and ways of being. The poems of ICAROS are offered as rituals for remembering nature, what we are made of and in turn what makes us.