a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
In early autumn after days
of rain, forest seams burst
with clean white fruit. Sagging
trunks, last year’s decay breathe
with Bear’s tooth, diamonding
in muddy earth. With knife
and bucket, I hunt this luxury: wild
mushrooms. Long sleeves pushed
to elbow, a sleeping child carried
on my back. Afternoon sun
sweet in my lungs, this is the work
of harvest without planting. I am
hopeful as Lion’s mane: your wildness
sounds in my ears, all new.
Alessandra Simmons has poems published in Spillway, Smartish Pace, Rabbit Catastrophe, Rewilding: an anthology and elsewhere. She is the executive director of Gathering Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to the environment and their food through work and play. She lives and farms on Washington Island, WI and holds a PhD from UW-Milwaukee in English and an MFA from Indiana University.