a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
The night-blooming cereus
unfolds her petals on balmy evenings –
satin blossoms appear
from a dry, confining tangle.
Thorny stem, high-climbing,
the Queen of the Night ascends –
splendid scent grows as dusk deepens.
Her perfume rises, delights like a song,
majesty seen by the firmament’s eyes –
beauty and spine most needed
when times are darkest.
Patricia Williams, Professor Emerita, taught Art and Design in Wisconsin, most recently at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She began writing poetry in 2013. Her poems appear in Fox Cry, Midwest Review, Negative Capability, Poetry Quarterly, Third Wednesday and other journals and anthologies. She has also had ekphrastic poems accepted as part of several painting exhibitions. Further work includes a chapbook, The Port Side of Shadows: Poems of Travel – Inner, Outer and Uncharted Places (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and a collection, Midwest Medley: Places & People, Wild Things & Weather (Kelsey Books/Aldrich Press, 2018). She is working on a new book about women.