a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Five miles beyond the Wilderness Boundary sign a chipmunk slinks through the lakeside rootscape : haunches to hideout to sneak up & chew through the thin plastic that guards the peanuts I schlepped from civilization where foraging is leisure —if I drop my vigil to watch a bufflehead splash down; if the flick that shoos a crow scares off a chickadee; if I unravel the twist-tie & offer the chipmunk a palm -ful of fat & salt, what else will I have ruined?
Rachel Edelman was raised in a Jewish family in Memphis, TN and lived in Western Massachusetts, Maine, and Colorado before settling, for now, in Seattle. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Mineral School, Crosstown Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and the University of Washington. She writes for the Ploughshares blog, and her poems have been published in The Threepenny Review, Poetry Northwest, the Southern Humanities Review, The Pinch, Day One, Lockjaw, and other journals.