a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
the surrounded, the exposed. Why these indoors
portend no safety for the latched, the handcuffed, the confined.
seen and herd; scene and not heard.
Sun dialed noon high: endured.
the ground crush of human darkness: survived.
the fauna slip through rust splotched bars
paroled to a non-forgiveness. Brown, desiccate
leaf absolution for a system’s crimes.
8 minutes 46 seconds a kneecap braise smoke Texas
neck bone, refried noose backs into an afternoon run.
Hunt, hack, shoot, snap, pixel, vimeo, the viral rewinds;
The fauna bear witness.
The fauna, the ones who make the sun
worth every one’s time. One thousand years from now,
will be here to testify. The middle, the mulch,
the muddled, the mulled over. We are the vine,
the path, the trod. The Vineyard, the prelude, the premise
to generations and generations of altered states.
when they come for us we will tell them.
We are the fauna here. Find your place!
We will show you, where it is, you belong.
Poet, author, mixed-media performance artist, and activist Brad Walrond is a graduate of The City College of New York and earned his M.A in Political Science from Columbia University. Brad’s poetics, performance, and multi-disciplinary work spans between virtual reality, identity formation, and human consciousness at the intersection of race, gender, sex, and desire. His work provokes explorations of how we experience historical, remembered, and imagined time to encourage us to piece together the common and conflicting threads of our human inheritance by interrogating the identity’s great power and contradictions. Brad’s poetics and praxis has taken him across the country and as far as São Paulo, Brazil and Taipei, Taiwan. Brad Walrond’s debut collection Every Where Alien published by Moore Black Press explores the author’s own black queer exploration of the world, mapped onto the discovery of co-occurring art and resistance movements among New York City’s underground communities.