Evening grays into rest: low light, cool earth; cushion of moss; scent of clover or pine that fastens the mind to the living beneath, around, or above the expanding arc of our hearts if only we’d breathe in the pulse and hum of the land and the one beside us now, reclining like this on dirt that holds and enfolds us in Earth’s quiet comfort of calm, this needed rhythm of rest/rise/repeat singing us toward each day’s shimmering season of sleep.
Marjorie Maddox, professor of English at Lock Haven University, has published 11 collections of poetry with 2 forthcoming in 2021, a short story collection; 4 children’s books.
Dr. Karen Elias taught college English for 40 years and is now an artist/activist, using photography to record the fragility of the natural world and raise awareness about climate change. Her work is in private collections, has been exhibited in several galleries, and has won numerous awards. Their collaborative book, Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For, is forthcoming from Shanti Arts.
Guest Editor Julie Ramon is an English instructor at Crowder College and SNHU. She graduated with an M.F.A from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently working on two poetry chapbooks and serves as a co-director of Downtown Poetry, a Joplin, Missouri poetry series. She lives in Joplin with her husband, daughter, and sons.