a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
with a tent, sleeping bags, books, a cooler,
and enough food and wine for the weekend,
then paddled out to a sand bar in the middle
of the river. For two days we swam and read
and drank and fucked, stretching out in the sun,
lean and dark. Later we learned that some nights
engineers release waters from the dam upstream
to control the floodplain. Experienced boaters
knew to check the schedule. What did we know?
Nothing about harnessing nature, everything
about being swept away.
Erin Murphy’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ecotone, EcoTheo Review, The Georgia Review, Waxwing, Guesthouse, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her awards include the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the 2021 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award, The Normal School Poetry Prize, and a Best of the Net award. Her newest book of poems, Human Resources, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. She is Professor of English at Penn State Altoona and serves as Poetry Editor of The Summerset Review.