Volume 2, Issue iii
Wild Greens 2, no. 3 (January 2022)
Welcome to the January 2022 issue of Wild Greens
wild with gratitude
Eight Years Old and Evergreen
by Hayley J. BoyleReaching clear into the sky,stretching limbs and fingers out—as if to pull the sky closer—our side-yard cedarbecame like a second home for myscabby knees and calloused hands.
My face freckled among its branches,mirroring the bark, dappled and fleckedwith sun and beetles and specks of dirt.
Climbing into its canopyfilled my small body with joy.An escape into a worldof marching antssparrows flitting from bough to boughsap that would stick to my palmsfor days following hours among needles and coneslingering, reminding me thatinsignificancedoes not existbut miracles do.
They smell like an evergreenand look like an eight-year-old,swinging her legs, carefree,reaching higher, touching the heavens.
A New Year
by Clara Peterson
There are a few times in life when you leap up and the past that you'd been standing on falls away behind you, and the future you mean to land on is not yet in place, and for a moment you're suspended knowing nothing and no one, not even yourself.
The Gift Exchange
by Lauren Kimball
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a visceral fragrance
Food for Fruiting Bodies
by Hayley J. BoyleDeath comes slow for the forest.Sleeping giants felled,conceding to spores settling among fibers,fingertips clasped to one anotherchewing through winter wood or summer wood.Moss damp with dew and green like cutting teeth,throwing tiny periscopes up to grow beyond.Little lives marrying under the sun,fractals festooning the earth in sunbursts,turning stone to dust and wood to pulp.All demanding existence whilewings beat and whiskers twitch and tongues flickerfor another meal.
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Artists and Contributors
Poet, Arts Editor, & Artist
Lauren Kimball lives in Philadelphia. She teaches literature and composition at Rutgers University, New-Brunswick. In her spare time, she plays with paint, digital pens, words, and home improvement tools.
Jacqueline is a senior undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside, working toward earning her BA in English and creative writing. She was a 2021 publishing fellow with the Los Angeles Review of Books and served as a co-editor, copyeditor, and producer on the fourth issue of PubLab journal. As a bookworm, writer, and homebody at heart, she spends her spare time looking for new fictional worlds she can lose herself in and working on crafting stories of her own.
Maggie Topel is an artist and writer living in Philadelphia. She designs our seasonal Wild Greens logo and social media avatar.