a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
than that sixteen-inch black-and-white
portion you watched in ’69. Here
the tall pines are yours—fresh
from the backwoods of childhood—
the pock-marked, telescoped-up-close
sky—no, more like magnificent,
pungent Swiss swelling the horizon
beneath an alien’s secret microscope—
the green/blue of moon-mold tempting
your conspiratorial mind with all things lunar/
lunatic, fingers ready to launch escape
to what has already landed inches away from
now, here before your ravenous eyes, still
conjuring one more flight of fancy.
Marjorie Maddox, winner of America Magazine’s 2019 Foley Poetry Prize and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, has published 11 collections of poetry—including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize); True, False, None of the Above (Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else; Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award)—the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite); children’s books; Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (co-editor); Presence (assistant editor); and 550+ stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies.