a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
the peahen – actually – is not so drab.
You wander fencings –
to turn soil – the immigrant
even when our own naming
is not part of any movement –
You remind yourself
of your luminous. Your eyes
joy – a dark grace
Resilience bristles iridescent – new
lands you dream. You cannot remember
of dreaming – an immigrant
Before feathers flare, a bent head
a way to strut if not to fly.
Purvi Shah inspires change as a non-profit consultant on gender, economic, and racial equity. She is curious about language as dreamwork for love, transformation, and justice. Her award-winning poetry book, Terrain Tracks, plumbs migrations and belongings while her chaplet, Dark Lip of the Beloved: Sound Your Fiery God-Praise, explores women and being. Miracle Marks, her new book of poems on women and the sacred, is forthcoming in Fall 2019. She won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Service Excellence Award for her leadership fighting violence against women. During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices and experiences. She currently serves as a board member of The Poetry Project. Her favorite art practices are her sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter.