a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
summer for support.
In reverie, or dream, a chilled black
earth is pierced and dug to bury her
animal where he is placed
in an axed and softened soil.
A single foreleg will barely raise before
the dead is covered. Seen. It will be
borne by a sudden upstream spill
then in tired silence land on her stained
rug — not corpse but breath, not dead but
presence. Shreds of peace in the heat’s
breeze. A drying of tiny blue blossoms,
dark poetries of her collected soul
nudge the spent beast.
When the soul is made of bits — can
a savior still find it? Burned eyes on the flame,
— even when it flares in the background.
The immigration of her tears.
The revolution of — ours.
Burn down the darkness.
Let the new moon rise.
Margo Berdeshevsky, born in NYC, often lives and writes in Paris. Her newest poetry collection is Before The Drought (Glass Lyre Press), finalist for the National Poetry Series. Author as well of Between Soul & Stone, and But a Passage in Wilderness, (Sheep Meadow Press), and Beautiful Soon Enough, recipient of the 1st Ronald Sukenick award for innovative fiction (Fiction Collective Two/University of Alabama Press). Her works appear in the American journals: Poetry International, New Letters, Kenyon Review, Plume, The Collagist, About Place Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The American Journal of Poetry, Jacar—One, Mānoa, and Pirene’s Fountain, among many others. A multi-genre hybrid of poems, Square Black Key, waits at the gate. She may be found reading from her books in London, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Honolulu, or somewhere new in the world.