a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
I need to know. Any snake hanging
from a tree means illness is on its way;
one swimming on top the water
says someone will leave you soon;
cattle sprawled out on the ground
open gates for a new storm;
a turtle staring at you before you notice it
sees something bent in your soul;
blue heron alone in the marsh call
for dead relatives, begging you to remember.
Should a cat drop a mole at your feet,
though, you need to turn and run.
Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016), and No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, fall 2018). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.