a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
bastardized communion of
And this is not to say that
there is a certain relish in
And is not a prayer like this
Is there not a kind of gleeful beauty in
when our bodies ripen upon it?
our ancestors’ tongues,
Texas-born Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham is an internationally touring whirlwind. With a theatre degree and the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam Championship under her belt, she explores the interplay between the spoken word and the body, incorporating elements of dance and physical theatre into poetry to create multidisciplinary short works that she has toured through Australia and Southeast Asia, from the cafes of Singapore and Malaysia to the Sydney Opera House. Her work has appeared in Pressure Gauge Press and The Red Corner Audio Journal, and her first collection, Black and Ropy, was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2017.