a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Here, where mountains breathe in the distance
and skies cut around them like collages;
here, where desert floors bloom in earth tones
and browns are more prevalent than greens;
where winds go dead as if the world has stopped,
then pick up with the fury of cyclones,
air filled with the smells of piñon,
the sounds of aspens, the taste of ash;
here, where sun burns shadows clean and white,
where mud is molded and sculpted,
tin is punctured, stones are scooped from earth;
where my heart glows like a kiva.
All my life I have wanted to find home.
Scott Wiggerman, a 2021 inductee to the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Leaf and Beak: Sonnets, and an editor of several volumes, including 22 Poems and a Prayer for El Paso, winner of a NM/AZ Book Award in 2020, and Wingbeats I & II: Exercises & Practice in Poetry.