a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Time to move on. Rains scrub wildfires from that Big Sky soul
that this summer remained veiled.
Do you miss the obvious?
Did you take for granted a heart that is always open?
Time to head home, prepare for winter
long comfort that never seemed to arrive
silence battered by skidder, chainsaws, 100 year old white pine felled
crying everyday with each stick of wood I load into the stove
How do I live in this truth?
Birth coddled soul undulate vertical myths skyward
release this intercourse where a sun coiled fawn
is an embryonic ear twitching hair
late autumn grass.
Multimodal EXAT, and 2x Sundress Best of the Net Nominee, Suzanne S. Rancourt, Abenaki/Huron descent, has published 3 books: Billboard in the Clouds, 2nd print, Northwestern UP, received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award; murmurs at the gate, Unsolicited Press, 2019, and Old Stones, New Roads, Main Street Rag, 2021. Her 4th is scheduled to release from Unsolicited Press in 2023. She is a USMC and Army Veteran who holds advanced graduate degrees in Expressive Arts Therapy, MS in psychology – SUNY, Albany, an MFA in writing – VCFA, a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, and is an Aikido and Iaido Sensei. Suzanne is widely published in her fields of expertise which include post traumatic growth, and trauma treatment.