a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
But it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime. -James Baldwinbar ditch gone to swamp & brack cracked map turtle there in the weeds bony stalks of winter cotton that click -clack you could hear but can’t for the highway hear a long time ago the stories go but when you are wondering was that it’s only ever sundown only ever Rosedale Elementary ringed by razor wire only ever at the field’s edge an abandoned thresher black & blown row of tines in its rustmouth
Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His third full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series and was recently named a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry, sponsored by the Oregon Book Awards. Wilkins lives with his wife, son, and daughter in western Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield College.