a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
of a cacao fruit on Netflix. Yet, chocolate.
Packaging. Factories. How are we so disconnected?
Disney star Zac Effron asks at a school
for sustainable living in Costa Rica.
The room hums. Someone says “world peace.”
A white man in a wife beater blows his lid
on a street corner, yanking a woman’s braids.
I step in. Hotlines on speed dial, I spent
so many years trying to escape this life.
It’s time to go in another direction.
The way you do anything is the way you do everything.
Never take bitter advice. Call the blight
what you will—cancer, greed, apathy, war.
Cortisol can stay in the bloodstream
for up to 30 minutes. Who’s honking
at joggers? Slow down, speed up,
step back. Humans are flammable, malleable.
The sun sets everywhere—in between
buildings, overlooking the ocean, on benches—
in a cinematic fit of existentialism.
Wherever we are, there we are.
When a bus driver asks for a seat to hold
a woman seizing, who stands first?
Nancy Lynée Woo is a poet, community organizer, and 2022 Artists at Work fellow. She has received fellowships from PEN America, the Arts Council for Long Beach, and Idyllwild Writers Week. Her work has been published in The Shore, Tupelo Quarterly, Stirring, Radar Poetry, and other journals and anthologies. Nancy has an MFA in creative writing, poetry, from Antioch University and a BA in sociology/environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz. Her work is largely inspired by the magic and power of the natural world. Find her cavorting around Long Beach on Tongva land in California, and online at her website or on social media.