Apocalyptic Guidebook to a Glacier
I trained my eyes to see,
in real time, the morning
when the gravel and ice moved back
and stumps and logs still bearing
roots and bark appeared
like storied relics,
exposed for the first time
in a thousand years.
The helicopters hovered
and boats collided
in the dazzled blink of a thousand
eyes and cameras and phones
reflecting on the ice.
What remained of its blue veins
fractured and tumbled into the bay.
The earth sprang up and we felt
a perishing groan.
Men and women in white coveralls
and white helmets
bent down with magnifying
glasses to examine
the chattermarks and striations
left as it cut away, as it melted,
as it broke off, as it surged into the inlet
And what no one considered
was the snowflea eating algae
and the bear’s wet paw prints
drying in the brash light of us.
|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: vivianfaithprescott.com. 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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