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Field Notes #13 : Spider in the hand of a goodly snow

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Polar fleece. One of the best.  Inventions. Ever. My admiration for this virtuous fabric prompted me to do a bit of research on it. On Wikipedia, I came across this: “Aaron Feuerstein [inventor] intentionally declined to patent polar fleece, allowing the material to be produced cheaply and widely by many vendors, leading to the material’s […]

Call for submissions plus a few announcements from PK

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

First item of business: Wilderness Interface Zone is issuing a call for nature-themed prose: creative nonfiction or environmental nonfiction, eco-criticism, interviews, hybrid literary forms, and short fiction, including novel excepts, that reflect on humankind’s relationship to the natural world, wherever writers engage it. We’re especially interested in writing that demonstrates the need for and effects […]

The Wall by Patricia Karamesines

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

I. My neighbor’s light steps Through gaps between the boards at night, And my neighbor’s light steps Drift like leaves among his unguessed furniture. At sunset, the sun leaks from his room. We have never spoken through the wall, Though we have, at other times, spoken, And we have, at other times, thought Of each […]

An Ode to Coal by Lee Allred

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Black seams skitter Through mantled rock, Crisscrossing mountains. Encrusted veins of blackened heart Hide within its poisoning death Until exhumed by grave diggers, Faces black with toil-worn greed.   Black smoke bellows In high desert air, Seeding clouds. Sooted walls of blackened lung Hide within its poisoning death Until exhaled by grave fillers, Faces white […]

The Grey Tree by A.J. Huffman

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Even through the harsh blues of winter, it manages to breathe. Stretching its naked arms across the sky. A living smile. Waiting to be blessed by the sun. ___________________________________ For Huffman’s bio and links to additional poetry, go here. Photo by John Firth via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocodiles by A.J. Huffman

Monday, January 21st, 2013

At first it could be any shore. Rocky and a little dark maybe, but still intriguing. Then a flash of green throws your eyes off center. Then another. Until the ground you were about to walk is walking for you. Is waiting for you. With a million teeth hidden in a permanent smile. ___________________________________ A.J. […]

State of the WIZ 2012

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Permit me to take a bit of virtual space to talk about Wilderness Interface Zone and its doings. I think it smart to revisit aspirations as well as mark recent changes and give notice of coming ones.  When William Morris helped me set up the site, I thought I’d build it, as the “About” page […]

The Shooting Star by Will Reger

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

_____________________________ Will Reger has contributed several poems to WIZ. You can find his bio here . Photo by Shane Anderson via Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Berry Picking by Will Reger

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

These are the woods Where my mother played, Her playhouse—an outline of Stones on the ground. Beside the creek Her father gardened,  But the water rose And spread his seeds  Among the trees. Summer was the time For berry picking. We each took a bucket, Walked into the woods And filled it with berries. The […]

Caught in Snow by Will Reger

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Her race presumes Imperious cuteness Conquers all—even Monday snowfall when, From her comfortable nest At the top of the stairs, This scroll of fur and claw Uncoiled, shot outside, Her eye distilled For the hunt: tiger demon Fell to winter’s ambush— Snow knives, hawk Shadow circling, Coyotes lambent Among the weeds, iron Curve of sky—and […]