a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Pieces of a three-dimensional puzzle
we humans learn this indentation
fits that protrusion, curves and corners
moving into and against one another,
vulnerability meeting compassion
or fear’s sharp edge receiving
the tender touch intended
for those secrets burdened by our lies.
Years searching for the common edge,
contact dissolving along a line
where humanity may soothe
answers and also questions, a place
of our making, song to be sung
in a language we can never fully probe.
Its surprises link our hands
in commitment or beyond.
Conscious of how we move into
or away from each other,
conscious or not of what we bring
to that moving line, we etch
boundaries on a map that mirrors
such partial image of self.
Here today, gone tomorrow, we leave
to our children this faltering narrative of place.
Margaret Randall (New York 1936) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer and social activist who lived in Latin America for 23 years (Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua). From 1962 to 1969 she and Mexican poet Sergio Mondragón co-edited EL CORNO EMPLUMADO / THE PLUMED HORN, a bilingual literary quarterly that published some of the best new work of the sixties. Recent poetry titles include ABOUT LITTLE CHARLIE LINDBERGH, SHE BECOMES TIME, and THE MORNING AFTER: POETRY & PROSE IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD (Wings Press). Randall received the 2017 Medalla al Mérito Literario, awarded by Literatura en el Bravo in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. In September 2018 her Time’s Language: Selected Poems 1959–2018 came out from Wings Press in a special 450-page hardcover edition complete with chronology and photographs.