A Journal

"I'm going to come back to West Virginia when this is over. There's something ancient and deeply-rooted in my soul. I like to think that I have left my ghost up one of those hollows, and I'll never really be able to leave for good until I find it. And I don't want to look for it, because I might find it and have to leave".----Breece D'J Pancake, in a letter to his mother. 

Randi Ward



Blessed be
the squirrels
that die in a blur
of light licking
salt off



I can’t help
the pond is cloudy
because it’s full
of snapping



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Randi Ward is a writer, translator, lyricist, and photographer from West Virginia. She earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands and is a recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation's Nadia Christensen Prize. Ward is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, AsymptoteBeloit Poetry JournalCimarron ReviewThe Cortland ReviewThrush Poetry JournalVencil: Anthology of Contemporary Faroese LiteratureWorld Literature Today, and other publications. For more information, visit: