That’s what we do, we try to work time, slip its knots, get close to that feeling of the sublime—Stephen Kuusisto
Welcome to the May issue of Unearthed (2019). This issue includes work from twenty-five contributors (listed and linked below). The issue includes fiction, poetry, photography, art, and nonfiction, as well as an interview with the writer Stephen Kuusisto. Special thanks to the student editorial board, who read submissions anonymously, and whose conversations about the value and connectedness of this issue made it what it is. These editors are:
Bethany Elliot, Samantha Kolb, Aidan Murphy, Arie Palileo, and Crystal Smith.
Unearthed will return in the fall. We accept submissions year-round, but please see our guidelines for more explicit details, as we do not begin reading submissions again until August 15. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. In the meantime, enjoy this issue.
Cheers, Tyler Flynn Dorholt
This issue could not have been made possible without the support of the Department of Environmental Studies, the Writing, Rhetoric & Communications Program, and Joel Shaw, from the Office of Communications and Marketing at SUNY-ESF.
Rachel Evangeline Barham: “Coral Reef 911”
Bethany Elliot: “Fission“
Jack Mungo: “I Was Raised Catholic“
Aidan Murphy: “Political Games“
Crystal Smith: “Death Insider Her Head“
Laura St.Onge: “The Moon, Our Friend“
Jesse Yale: “Gold Rush: The Changing World of Kazakh Eagle Falconry”
Jordan Dunn: an excerpt from “Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action.”
Logan Fry: Three Poems
J.D. Ho: One Poem
Carolyn Martin: One Poem
Georgia A. Popoff: Three Poems
Jennifer Schomburg Kanke: Two Poems
Joyce Sutphen: Five Poems
Michelle M. Tokarczyk: Two Poems
Ken L. Walker: One Poem
Cesca Janece Waterfield: One Poem
Michael Forester: The Man Who Spoke to the Dryads
"You go back to the roots and then what comes out of that experience is shocking, it’s beautiful. And it rarely disappoints me if I approach things like that."
They speak of god along with cloud-esteem, sheep watching, plenty of softness.
and by the end of the season we had / enough cash to make it down to Berkeley
The human body contains an incomprehensible number of atoms ...
Katlyn Brumfield grew up around the forests and farmlands of central Kentucky. Her work has been featured at several galleries and exhibition spaces including the Lexington [...]
These meanings make a map, / remain quiet, anticipate the construction
It’s when I reflect on my early worldview that I know I will never introduce my children to any religion before they reach their age of reason.
As I ascended to the crest of the hill, the sun broke the edge of the horizon ...
For a moment / the worm dazzled in the spotlight / before finding a small crack leading to tunnel,
I was the first to be known in this way.
Rebecca Cristante is an Atlanta based visual artist, writer, and scholar from Southwest Georgia. She is currently furthering her studies in Environmental Science at Georgia State University. Her poems and prose have [...]
Its roots scooped down below the well, and sprawled / in a web like the human nervous system ...
The first time I saw a coral reef for myself, I emerged from the water as an evangelist.
We know the taste of sassafras tea / and the ruckus of cicadas in the trees.
He would have his clients lie supine on the floor, place them into trance with a combination of murmured incantations ...
Every boundary line, / dam, trellis, and mended wall will rumble down.
illumination of loons in perennial occurrence ...
Devang Shrimali: "I am a wildlife and travel photographer. I was born and raised in Gwalior, INDIA. I have been a nature and wildlife enthusiast since my childhood ,I [...]
But still on these streets that wind through / the hills, on the country hills that squeeze / so much green out of such a short summer
Murmur sold us one mass out of / blights I climb up, dank.
Unlike famous Blair alumnus Sylvester Stallone, I did not get into any fist fights at Blair ...
I do not know what the moon means.
The use of Golden eagles in falconry remains a compelling piece of imagery and it is easy to see why.
Dawnelle Jager: Photographs: "Anticipated Velocity"--Scene hours before 60 mph wind evacuation from Rodanthe, South Carolina. "Swan Serenity"--A peaceful moment from the boardwalk in the Marsh at Huntington Beach State Park, South [...]