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Posted on Aug 22, 2013

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,

cherry blossoms

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

blood shimmering


as the petals of these enormous tulips

in the unexpected birth of light

death of shadow.