The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: The Last Glacier at the End of the World by Vivian Faith Prescott

Geological Forces

She was covered with humankind
and their flawed gifts:

broken little birds, dried berries, their thirst.

But nothing they could offer
could make her forget the last 12.5 million years,

how the ice sheet covered the expanse,

how snow changed to firn,
then a season’s melt. Over and over,

layers of corn snow melting and compressing.

She believes in her grieving,
yet believes in ordinary people,

who, like her body, will forgive the rain,
the wet earth.

But she still wonders how they figure
what to offer up to the impossible,

or if they know that all of this is holy,

especially the single snowflake crushed
beneath their feet.

This selection comes from The Last Glacier at the End of the World, available from Split Rock Press. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.

Vivian Faith Prescott was born and raised in Wrangell, a small island community is Southeastern Alaska. She lives in Wrangell at her family’s fishcamp—Mickey’s Fishcamp. She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska and a PhD in Cross Cultural Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She’s a founding member of Community Roots, the first LGBTQ group on the island. Prescott is also a member of the Pacific Sámi Searvi, and writes frequently about Sámi diaspora and climate change in Alaska. She is a two-time recipient of a Rasmuson Fellowship (2015, 2019) and a recipient of the Alaska Literary Award (2017). Prescott is the author of four chapbooks, two full-length poetry books, and a short story collection. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net. Along with her daughter, Vivian Mork Yéilk’, she writes a column for the Juneau Empire called Planet Alaska. For more information, visit: Twitter: planet_alaska and poet_tweet.

Nilsa Rivera Castro writes about gender and diversity issues. She’s also the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe and the Non-Fiction Editor of Doubleback Review. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Selkie Literary Magazine, and Writing Class Radio. She’s currently an MFA Nonfiction candidate at Vermont College of Fine Art and lives in Riverview, Florida.

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