This piece is a concrete poem that both shows and describes the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus).

Author/Artist Bio

Michael J. Leach is an Australian poet, biostatistician, and epidemiologist who originally trained in pharmacy. He lives on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country and works as a Senior Lecturer at Monash University School of Rural Health. His poems reside in Cordite, Rabbit, Meniscus, Plumwood Mountain, the Medical Journal of Australia, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Pangyrus, Jalmurra, The STEAM Journal, and elsewhere. Michael’s debut poetry collection is Chronicity (Melbourne Poets Union, 2020).

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