The Good Earth by Katie Eberhart was published in the Elohi Gadugi Journal, Intersections & Transitions issue, Winter 2014.
The Good Earth
by Katie Eberhart
We climbed Smith Rock and there were people
in the mouth of the stone pillar—
Monkey Face. To get there you go by
Terrebonne. From the highway you think
“this is a hard-stressed landscape,
an agglomeration without name brands”
but after climbing the steep switchback trail
to the top of Smith Rock and descending
the other side—from above—looking across
the Crooked River
you see beautiful land. Terre bonne—
manicured and irrigated fields, rows of trees, houses.
Roads curve sinuously and overhead a peregrine soars—
And later, between river and cliffs
where swallows’ mud nests stick to stone ceilings
and white smudged handprints trace
the climbers’ vertical routes,
I stand barefoot in the Crooked River.
A boy who had been swimming says
“the crawdad is coming for you.”
Underwater, pincers and claws scuttle
toward my feet or—my feet happen to be
in the crawdad’s path—the crawdad chasing
a flock of little fish—the fish now hiding
in a forest of reeds—and all
—like us—going somewhere.
. . . people in the mouth of . . . Monkey Face. . . .
Smith Rock State Park.
Photo by Katie Eberhart.
Unbound: Alaska Poems by Katie Eberhart and published by Uttered Chaos Press can be ordered from the publisher or at Amazon.com and is in available at some independent bookstores, including:
Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, Oregon
Parnassus Books, Ketchikan, Alaska
Fireside Books, Palmer, Alaska
In Unbound: Alaska Poems, the poems evoke places and historic moments such as the evidence left behind by former residents of the (Matanuska) Colony house we lived in for twenty-eight years as well as nature and seasons, hot springs, berry picking, root vegetables, ravens, and the magically technological room at the Museum of the North in Fairbanks that is called The Place Where You Go To Listen.
Is Nature Enough? and Still Life With Vegetables, two poems in Unbound: Alaska Poems appeared first, and can be read online, in the Elohi Gadugi Journal.
Other poems have appeared in Cirque Journal, Sand Journal (Berlin), and the Palmer (Alaska) Arts Council’s 2010 Anthology, Voices Between Mountains. Water Tower Tales was the featured poem at the Palmer Arts Council’s annual meeting in 2011.
More about the process of publishing Unbound: Alaska Poems on my Nature & Literature blog: The Long Road to a Poetry Chapbook.
Book Review of ‘Deep Landscape Turning’ by Ann Hutt Browning on Rattle.com:
“Even on a second—and third—reading of Deep Landscape Turning, I am sucked into Ann Hutt Browning’s vision, and can enjoy another romp through poems of youth and death, love and politics, travel, and a daughter chronicling her flawed father. . . . I see disintegrated family relations in the letter (a poem) from an English aunt . . . but then also a closeness between husband and wife. In “Soliloquy And Near-Soliloquy,” the husband speaks alone on the porch . . .” [read the entire review on Rattle.com]
More about the process of writing this review on my Nature & Literature blog.