Poetry

From Issue I (2016)  

 

Pishing

by ERIN ELKINS RADCLIFFE

Rain is the gentlest trigger to drink:

you believed in hillocks
and not hills

and this is just creed
but not any cause

for burgeoning,
for all these bright banners for place

Here I’m teasing out the long peal

the single peeew

of a goldfinch

because this is the one sound

for the blue space
in between the topped trees

The simian beards us
names us, makes us measure seasons

as plateaus of dust
when only the mountains
move us from thirst to wet

I cannot reckon
our unlikeness to hives

but except for the draping hems of cranes
that hold us to earth

the rudder beneath us is flesh,

apparent.

Whooping Cranes with Polluted Sky | JENNY KENDLER  Graphite, gouache, and watercolor on paper, 16 1/4 x 12 1/4 in., 2010

Whooping Cranes with Polluted Sky | JENNY KENDLER
Graphite, gouache, and watercolor on paper, 16 1/4 x 12 1/4 in., 2010

 

Erin Elkins Radcliffe

Erin Elkins Radcliffe’s poems have recently appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, San Pedro River Review, Rogue Agent, and Coal Hill Review. Originally from Indiana, Erin lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her family. More of Erin’s work can be found at erinelkinsradcliffe.com.

Jenny Kendler

Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist, wild forager, and social entrepreneur. She is the first artist-in-residence with environmental nonprofit NRDC. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at museums and public venues. She is vice president of the artist residency ACRE and cofounded the artist website service OtherPeoplesPixels and The Endangered Species Print Project, which has raised over $14,000 for conservation. See more of her work at jennykendler.com.