a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
A multi-verse and multi-voice cyber fairytale dreamscape of possible futures
Against the night skyline, she dances and twists and sings. Small silvery surveillance bots zip past her— their curious eyes wink and glow— and long threads of silk radiate from the steel of her breastplate: strands float skyward, catch on the wind and whip shimmering filaments around her metal-clad thighs. On the wide grassy median of the toll road, high voltage power lines buzz overhead as she leads her stallion along the rail tracks. Mexican riders gallop past in a fury of dust and sparks, and a train slips by— clickety-clack-clickety-clack-clickety-clack— strapped to railcar beds, enormous white wind turbine shafts and long motionless blades lay on their sides. She looks up: a fiery planet swirls and erupts with storms and flares and plasma plumes. She touches the outer layers of its turbulent atmosphere and her song fuels a thousand rockets burning across its surface.
Misha Penton is a musician, director, filmmaker, and writer. Her projects blossom in many forms: live performances, video and audio works, site-specific installations, and writings. She often sets her own poetry to music as well as collaborating with fellow composers. Recent projects include Threshold, a site-specific experimental mytho-opera; Medusa Emergent, a media work created for the 35′ high MediaWall at Bath Spa University, UK; and co-writing the libretto and directing a new web opera for Houston Grand Opera. Misha has conceptualized, produced, and directed more than sixteen original evening-length performance works and a growing number of media and music video projects. Upcoming projects include Visible Darkness, a music film celebrating the monstrous feminine; and a trio of avant-garde opera cyber fairytales. Her prose poems have appeared in The Future Fire, The Wild Word, and Corvid Queen (forthcoming).