a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
And there it is, billboard-style across the eyes, the old
rectangle of yesteryear, some dude unafraid of heights
high up on the scaffolding, long-handled brush in hand,
patiently pasting the supplied images of penitence. Or
now it’s digital, flashing multicolored pixels of alternate
worship—Jaguars, jewels, jambalaya, gyms—an iris-full
of ideology/idolatry, depending on the pupil’s dilation and
lack of light. Or strike-line protest, political picket chant-
ing for the spotlight of your attention: they’re here to hear
what you can and can’t see. Hold the stick high while
the horizon tricks with its climate and crowd-shifting.
Marjorie Maddox, Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, has published eleven collections of poetry—including True, False, None of the Above (Poeima Poetry Series and Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else; Wives’ Tales; Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize); and Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award)—the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite Press); and over 550 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. The recipient of numerous honors and co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press), she also is the author of four children’s books.