for Mary Oliver To fly, each bird steps into the paling sky knowing itself as a piece of the world. Its place in the vortex turning like clock hands over some field is vital as breath to the flock of the body. Starlings flow this way to show what might come if everyone tried together. Here, they say. We will help you. And below, drivers halt their cars on the road. Others look up from their homes. They all gaze into the spiral, where each bird makes room for its neighbor, patient and fluid, waiting for all of us to understand.
Tyler Robert Sheldon is the author of five poetry collections including Driving Together (Meadowlark Books, 2018). He edits MockingHeart Review, and his work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and other places. A Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the Charles E. Walton Essay Award, he earned his MFA at McNeese State University. He lives in Baton Rouge.
Guest Editor Katelyn Roth graduated from Pittsburg State University with her Master’s in poetry. Her work has previously appeared online at Silver Birch Press and at Heartland: Poems of Love, Resistance, and Solidarity. Currently, she lives, works, and writes in Kansas City.