a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
a place on the breastbone where a pendant rests.
Farmhouses root deep in black dirt,
huddle in maple and cottonwood windbreaks.
Far from the Pacific, the monastery’s bells,
the hospital room where I studied my daughter’s skin
as it pink-blossomed the hour after birth.
This is flyover country. Seen from above
it’s squares of croppish color, a monoculture.
At eyelevel wind whips the crops, which surge like the sea.
Rachel Morgan is the author of the chapbook, Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey (Final Thursday Press, 2017), and she is the co-editor of Fire Under the Moon: An Anthology of Contemporary Slovene Poetry (Black Dirt Press). Her work recently appears in the anthology Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016) and in Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Salt Hill, Boulevard, Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2017 National Poetry Series and semi-finalist for 2016 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and recipient of a fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Currently she teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American Review.