a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Erika T. Wurth
Around My Neck
It’s been a phoenix, an angel, a woman with drooping breasts, a dove, something I hold in the dark while I pray to my grandmother, the child I don’t hold in my arms, the gun she held in hers, the bottle in his, the thing, the final thing I touch before I sleep, waiting for my prayers to be lifted up, over me, floating back to wherever they came from.
Erika T. Wurth’s novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, was published by Curbside Splendor. Her collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press. A writer of both fiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, such as Boulevard, Drunken Boat, and Southern California Review. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.