a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
hope is goldenrod in an arc
over a stem of purple asters,
a bee nuzzling blossom to blossom,
a proliferation of tiny white petals
centered in gold, one solid orange line
across the wings of a black butterfly.
We walk unpaved trails crisscrossing
these ninety acres of restored prairie.
Hope is your naming the beauty
I paused to admire though I didn’t know
its name. Between our knowing and all
our unknowing, hope grows here with us.
Margaret Rozga has published five books of poetry, including Holding My Selves Together: New and Selected Poems (Cornerstone Press, May 2021). Her 2017 title, Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems, features politically well-connected Jessie Benton Frémont (1824–1902) facing issues of women’s roles, the expansion of slavery, the Civil War, and its aftermath. It was written with the help of a Creative Writers fellowship at America Antiquarian Society. Two of her books, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad (2012) and 200 Nights and One Day (2009), were named Outstanding Achievements in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association in the years of their publication. 200 Nights and One Day was also awarded a bronze medal in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her essays about participating in civil rights movements have been published in Wisconsin Magazine of History.