a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
a butterfly wanders by chance into a vault.
An ocean spread with insistence
spreads gentle into every corner.
Left in water: an impression
silent as a cliff takes wing.
Sink against the shape of breath
of time before a place closes.
Like someone I was supposed to meet:
a statue of Venus in the garden
under the arbor leans toward the pond.
In an overgrowth of green
ground cover like grass but not grass,
in hard water spots
on the shower door
that resemble a snowstorm—
the cure in what
I fail to scrub away.
In my coffee grounds:
a mountain landscape.
This tender field; this grassy patch
a scoop of soil between us.
This seed this tree this meadow
and sky lacking nothing.
In the window
someone moving inside.
At night the orange grove
like a black wall.
in the mountains
confessions of spring
and the butterflies
fear to move,
lest the vision vanish.
Ginger Teppner received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and her BA in Cultural Studies from Empire State College. Her work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Erasure, Semicolon, Upstairs at Duroc, Phylogeny, Shambhala Times, Not Enough Night, Metropolitan, Yew Journal, and more. Her chapbook “28 Gestures” appears in the anthology Precipice, and her chapbook I Should Have Been Linen was chosen to be included in the summer 2017 issue of The Lune. In 2020 she facilitated an online workshop of artists for Arts Letters & Numbers, which culminated in a book: The Earth Of writing through a time of rupture, composed of participants’ work that spans a broad range of disciplines. She recently self-published a chapbook: Watercourse, and is currently teaching English at Ridge Community High School as well as adjuncting and leading writing workshops.