Desire | Preview from Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea
This past spring we announced the two winners of the 2013 Wild Earth Poetry Prize. We are pleased to announce that one of the winners, Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea by Gwendolyn Morgan, will be released on August 31st! This collection offers richly textured poetic renderings of natural landscapes and emotional nuances in response to those landscapes. She weaves concerns for global warming, social inequities, and health care together with images of birds, plants, animals, breath, evoking our interconnectedness with all sentient beings and the spiritual universe. There is in these poems a deep sense of care for and rootedness in the natural world. As we approach the release, we will be sharing previews from the collection! As this weeks preview, we offer Desire.
It takes time to listen to spring
walk among the trillium, lamb’s tongue in the woods
large red tulips in the garden
to eat oatmeal for breakfast
drink brown rice tea, honeyed
amber-light of early sun.
Then the rain very heavy, a weight
of vernal equinox weeks past—
what is not yet
though the hyacinth, violets,
swath the air with moist scent
as longing sometimes does,
the desire to be unrestrained,
to show up, even dance
salsa or merengue
the fluidity of limbs, music
as the petals of these enormous tulips
in the unexpected birth of light
death of shadow.