Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Shelterhouse


She walked beyond the village as children played
            with their teacher, to enter the mountain forest
                        where fir trees loomed and ice covered the ground— 

ice flowing, in the dim light flowing, strangely
                                    like flesh, not cold—  where translucent
                        slabs of stone with runic carvings swayed
from the limbs of shadow-blackened trees.

                                    And she fell to her knees, to stroke
                        the swooping ice-covered flanks of the living
mountain that sheltered the living and the dead—
                                    beginning to stroke the sleek, shadowy,


                        death-encompassing mountain with its looming trees
and isinglass hanging gravestones. Then
                                    she was weeping, paying homage to the mountain
            that opened forever beyond her knowing.

Palest stone, the wrist-thin enormous slabs
                        swaying from the trees, inscribed with names
            of the dead in a language she could not see
to read. The shelterhouse, and she wanted

                                    to move further and further into it,
                        up the mountain with its jade-smooth mounded
flesh-ice, and she worshiped and adored it.

 

Ann Fisher-Wirth's fourth book of poems, Dream Cabinet, was published by Wings Press in 2012. She co-edited (with Laura-Gray Street) The Ecopoetry Anthology, a groundbreaking, 625-page collection of American nature and ecopoetry from Whitman to the present, published by Trinity University Press in 2013. Ann's work has received numerous awards and prizes, and she has been granted residencies at CAMAC/Centre d'Art Marnay, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change, and the Mesa Refuge. She teaches at the University of Mississippi and teaches yoga in Oxford, MS.

 
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