a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
to see you in flight.
Grandma says, Hope has no place
where conditions are sunshine.
She thrives amidst sorrow and grief,
drags her tired feet to a resting nest.
She protects our timid hearts
with armadillo coats
And summons courage that
rouses our great spirits.
A mouth of bellows
fanning flames for wounded
Wings to persist and fight
until we get home.
Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer from Uganda and assistant professor at UNC-Asheville. She has published three poetry books and her fourth poetry collection, The Animals of My Earth-School Institute, is forthcoming from Terrapin Books, 2023. Her prose, hybrids, and poems are published in Joyland, Shenandoah, The Cincinnati Review, Tin House, Ruminate Magazine, Obsidian, The Poetry Review, poets.org, Poetry Quarterly, Asymptote Journal, Matters of Feminist Practice Anthology, Prairie Schooner, New Daughters of Africa International Anthology, Per Contra, and elsewhere. She’s at work on a new poetry collection and creative nonfiction. She’s a board member of African Writers Trust and coordinates the Poetrio Reading Events at Malaprop’s Independent Bookstore/Café in Asheville.