I hike a horse trail, tread moss and mire west of Kennesaw Mountain,
cross Noses Creek’s crumbling banks. I stop, rest, sit on a rotting log
where stone piles of Confederate earthworks cover the ground,
testaments to what this place has seen, remnants of what it has been.
Here the woods are white, brittle with leaves still clinging to beech trees.
From a fallen beech, a hermit thrush murmurs, flutters farther into brush
when it sees me. Three whitetail does stand vigilant, in an instant vanish
through dusk, tails flared, one with trembling leaves these branches
will bear until spring, will bear as my own limbs hold whispers stirring,
these stories of what it means to die, yet remain bound to a living thing.

—Originally published as a broadside by Thrush Press and nominated for a Pushcart


Marcescence: Poems from Gahneesah, Chris's third poetry chapbook, is now available for pre-order! You can get your copy here, and find more information in the press release.

christopher martin   

poet + essayist + editor

Christopher Martin is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Marcescence: Poems from Gahneesah (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), co-authored with David King; Everything Turns Away (La Vita Poetica Press forthcoming); and A Conference of Birds (New Native Press, 2012). Chris is also author of the broadside "Marcescence" (Thrush Press, 2012). Some of Chris’s poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Shambhala Sun, Ruminate Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, Waccamaw, The Good Men Project, drafthorse, Still: The Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Pilgrimage, Adventum, Poecology, Town Creek Poetry, Loose Change Magazine, Revolution House, Hobble Creek Review, Pale Ale Press, American Public Media’s On Being blog, Parable Press, Red Clay Review, St. Sebastian Review, Yale Divinity School's LETTERS, Sugar Mule, the Elevate/Art Above Underground project in Atlanta, and elsewhere. His poems “Revelation on the Cherokee County Line” and “Antidote to Narcissus” appear in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V: Georgia (Texas Review Press, 2012), and he has two poems forthcoming in a poetry anthology to be published by University of South Carolina Press. Chris is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine Flycatcher and is a contributing editor at New Southerner, where he writes the blog Kairos and Crisis. He holds a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University, where he was recently recognized as Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year for 2013 and won the 2013-2014 Robert Hill Award in Graduate Writing. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Chris lives with his wife and their two young children in northwest Georgia, in an old house between the Allatoona Range and Kennesaw Mountain. His full-length poetry collection (as yet unpublished) was named a semifinalist in the 2013 Crab Orchard Review Series Open Competition and finalist in the 2012 Texas Review Press Breakthrough Prize: Georgia. 

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