a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
while balanced in the air, hovering over
tunnels, the beam knifes the belly, cutting
drones the size of a backyard shed. And yet
as the dirt gives way, melts with ease
shift and give way at their carving. The water
was coming. The river fragments. Branching, it splits
losing power splinter off. They recall what they were.
Tasha Cotter is the author of the poetry collection Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and the chapbooks That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Girl in the Cave (Tree Light Books, 2016). Winner of the 2015 Delphi Poetry Series, her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Thrush. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, she is included in the 2018–2019 Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau. A recipient of grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Center, and the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum, she makes her home in Lexington, Kentucky where she works in higher education and serves as the president-elect of the Kentucky State Poetry Society.