The Home Wish of the Good Quadlings

This story is paired with Chapter 22 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. For best experience, download the LithoReader for your iPhone or iPad and get NonBinary Review for free. 

The girl soldier
cried open
the winged gates.
Uniforms, eyes and heels
trimmed together.

She answered the voice
and kissed the kindness in her arms,
rolling hammer-heads
around the golden cap.

A steep hill of worries will become
wrinkles in the wind
made of echoed stocking-feet.

For evermore, that house
walked open to the forest.
The child must get
over the castle
and reach the lion she became.

The silver shoes
will soon come home
polishing the air.
He threw a Good-bye
kiss over her ears.
Brought good luck and the brain
to the water together
where the band stood bowing.


All the words in the above poem (including the title) were found in the final three chapters of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They are used whole and unaltered.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, George M. Hill Company 1900. Chapters 22. The Country of the Quadlings, 23. Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy’s Wish and 24. Home Again).

NBR3-24PlowesphotooriginalWinston Plowes has found homes for his found poetry in print publications such as Turbulence magazine, The Best of Manchester Poets (vol 3) and The Found Poetry Review. In April this year he took part in the Online Oulipost project.