a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
for Charles Frazier
in the cold, mountain sky,
or the woods lit up with gollywhoppers of light,
it was what we remembered as Halloween for
the rest of our lives as something so spooky
that to even say the word “haint” was a spell
we cast on ourselves and all our friends.
Even with all that on our minds,
we ran with our pokes to every house on the street
hoping for a handout, the miracle of money,
or candy to go with our bottled dope.
We were just yardbabies, then, but
now, when we write in the night
we kindle the thought of flames–the names–
that kept us warm as a whang of likker or
woozy as when we read a wishbook
or what we writ in blankbooks under cover of
what were our wildest dreams.
to sweethearts so purty that
it hurt our’n eyes to see.
Thomas Crowe is the author of a book of essays The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist (Wind Publications) and the nature memoir Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods (University of Georgia Press) and a collection of poems Crack Light (Wind Publications), all of which are Southern born and are available through City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC—specializing in literature of the Southern Appalachians. He lives in the Little Canada community of Jackson County in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.