a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
shelter-in-place mode, they were preparing
to reclaim, rediscover what was once their domain
the streets, the beaches, the waters.
Wild boar in Barcelona
Mountain goats in Wales
Whales in the Mediterranean
Wild turkeys on Staten Island
All they had to do was wait.
Perhaps they too will get
some yellow letters somewhere.
Fern Metcalf is a poet and photographer. Fern was invited as a panel member and honoree for “Women in the Arts” by the Staten Island Women’s Political Caucus. She has had two solo photography exhibitions, “Cuba! …and its magic” at the Spotlight Gallery, Wagner College Campus and most recently, “We The People: Black Indians in America” at Snug Harbor Newhouse Center. Reviews of her work has been featured in Huffington Post and the Staten Island Advance. She has participated in writing workshops in NYC, namely Cave Canem and Poets House. Her writing has appeared in the Staten Island Creative Community Quarterly Journal 2018 and she produced and edited “Kinky Reggae,” a zine for ETG Café. She is currently working on a manuscript of poetry that focuses on her photo exhibit and research about Black Indians in America and her own Chickasaw heritage entitled “Diggin’ Up Stuff In The Cornfield.”