a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
From the bridge, I watch
the silver bird swivel its attention
toward an open pool at its feet,
dark water guttering from a culvert’s
finally, neck long, taut, opening wings,
it flexes ancient feathers and is gone.
Mary Buchinger is the author of three collections of poetry, einfürhlung (forthcoming), Aerialist (2015), and Roomful of Sparrows (2008). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including AGNI, DIAGRAM, Gargoyle, Naugatuck River Review, Nimrod International, [PANK], Ruminate, Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Cortland Review, and The Massachusetts Review. She was a featured reader at the Library of Congress and has received numerous poetry awards, including the Daniel Varoujan (judged by Marge Piercy) and Firman Houghton, and multiple Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. She has served as the Cambridge Poetry Ambassador and currently is co-President of the New England Poetry Club (founded by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, and Conrad Aiken). Buchinger grew up on a small farm in Michigan, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, South America, holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Boston University, and is Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts.