a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
In Siberia there are miners, buried men who smoke to breathe drink to soften Who wrestle the riverbanks with hoses and pumps scour the melting ground for a gleam of ivory for a vein of bone Relic of the great dead the mammoth a thing that cannot be imagined but can be found Pulled from the earth the hiding-place of time and sold for cigarettes, vodka, women, and dogs All the good things of the earth This earth, now
Pepper Trail’s poems have appeared in Rattle, Comstock Review, Atlanta Review, Ascent, Kyoto Journal, Spillway, and other publications, and have been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. His environmental essays appear regularly in High Country News and Jefferson Journal. Trail’s recent collection Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems, was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award in poetry. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he works as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.