Cait Johnson

Volume II Issue II: Earth, Spirit, Society

Cait Johnson
invocation to the balance
I call the secret society of earth
burrowing insects brokering dung to dirt
and rhizomes a scribbled streetmap underground
erupting in mushrooms
mushrooms sprouting, a pod of aliens, on damp hay bales
cocky intruders in sidewalk cracks
I call mosquitoes filled with blood
bat bellies filled with mosquitoes
the bloom of white-nose fungus
I call the tick and the spirochete
a golden heap of dead bees scooped with both
hands like grains of pollen or chaff
and behind them the sterile crops
I call up the balance
I call the cows and the poisoned corn
vats of drugs that keep them only half-alive
I call out the profit of poisons
drugs on the screen drugs in the veins
half-humans raised to work and buy
work and buy
I call up the balance
Cait Johnson is an Emeritus Fellow of the Black Earth Institute and faculty for the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program. She has a private practice as a creative counselor, is the published author of six works of spirit-based creative non-fiction, and writes and directs slightly surreal performance pieces in the Hudson Valley of New York, where she worships the river.

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Volume II Issue II:
Earth, Spirit, SocietyFull Table of ContentsCreditsEditor’s Note

Section One: Earth – Patricia MonaghanLaDonna Azziza RedmondPatricia HemmingerElyse Guttenberg
Mike CorumLyn LifshinLinda HoganShea DanielsBrenda PetersonTricia KnollElizabeth Burk
David MurphyWilda MorrisSusan M. BotichSusan DeFreitasJohn FitzpatrickJudy Brackett
Karla Linn MerrifieldJanet SmithRichard RobbinsCait JohnsonMelissa Tuckey

Section Two: Spirit – Patricia MonaghanPatricia Spears JonesLarry StapletonKaren Morris
Miriam Robbins DexterMel KenneBee SmithStarr GoodeJohn BriggsElizabeth Cunningham
Seamus CashmanBetz KingMary DixonSusan LittleFiona MarronScott Hightower
Muadhnait LoideánNané Ariadne JordanJudith Roche

Section Three: Society – Patricia MonaghanPatrick CookSiobhán DaffyJan Levine Thal
Dick Romeo MatshabaJanice D. SoderlingWes RehbergLauren CampLiam Heneghan
Susan RossWilliam DoreskiJeffrey Betcher

Closing Poem – Patricia Monaghan