Place

Culture, Human Landscape, Place, Poetry, Poetry, Uncategorized

Beyond This Room

Sure Thing

It is that with which the wind blows

And the snowflakes carry from the skies

The mountains echo in their deep crevasses

The sky possesses  in her blue, graceful expanse

The child has in her smile

The earth …

by × July 3, 2021 × 2 comments

Culture, Energy, Environmental Justice, Fracking, Place

Holy Land

Holy Land

I lived in a small community outside Wheeling, West Virginia for seven months in 2020. New Vrindaban – a spiritual community drawing on Vaisnava Hindu tradition, current population 100 people and 70 cows – was my refuge from COVID-19; a

by × May 30, 2021 × 0 comments

Agriculture, Frontier, Out West, Place

Henry (H.L.) Wolf; Independence on the Plains, Gathering Chips; Late 19th century; Albumen silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas; P1976.19.11

Gathering Chips

One of my favorite photographs hangs in my bathroom.

At its center is a wheelbarrow, with wooden handles, braces, and legs. The ten-spoke wheel is iron. Cow chips – dry dung – are stacked two feet high in the tray. …

by × April 12, 2021 × 0 comments

Conservation, Forests, Place, Rivers

In town

In town

I followed my mother down a winding forest path.  

The trail head peaks through the trees that line the softball field down the street from my house.  You wouldn’t know it was there if you weren’t looking for it. 

Gnarled tree …

by × March 20, 2021 × 0 comments

Agriculture, Place

Stacking Wood

Stacking Wood

This piece was originally written as part of a larger poetry and prose project that explored the author’s relationship with his family’s farm in Tennessee. Over a month-long span, he reflected daily on the lessons that the place and its

by × March 14, 2021 × 0 comments

Fracking, Place

Boom: Fossil Fuel Collisions

Fracking | Accident 

The driver of the frackwater truck swerved because there was a little girl walking along the highway. She was walking eastward early that morning, not precisely on the shoulder, swerving in and out of the edge line the way …

by × June 5, 2020 × 0 comments