Ever wonder how journal editors make decisions about work to feature? The Take gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at Mud Season Review. Here, we feature one single poem or flash fiction piece that caught the attention of the editorial team, apart from the signature poetry portfolio or fiction piece in our bi-monthly issues. We hear from the author about the inspiration for his or her work, and we hear from a co-editor about why the poem or flash fiction story stood out.
In Inuit legend, there is a girl who dreams only geese,
but I would rather have the latenight whistles of the loons
The so-rooted loen lame lomr lamenters
Whose high, hiccupping calls sound like questions,
like they are trying to answer their own echoes
or communicate with the wolves
Those bloody-eyed, white-choked lummoxes
who stagger and flinch and fall and still, again,
build their nests on unsteady land only this time a few feet away
I have been named by the early watchers not for luminosity but for weakness
I have found my heart’s egg cracked open and bloody in a rushed bed
I too have had to pick up my house and try to outrun the water
“Moonstruck” is a reflective descent into the subconscious, inspired in part by the tarot card “The Moon.” It is a process of delving – through language, legend and nature – for the source ofthe initial wound that breeds all others. To be moonstruck is to be part of an archetypal, female identity; it is to be part of an adaptive madness that we recognize first externally and then echoing in our own animal selves.
From the Poetry Editors
Tiffany Thomas’ “Moonstruck” enters a world of self discovery through the moon tarot card. This card can symbolize the relationship between subconscious and the animal instinct. In this poem, Thomas compares humanity to the loon. Her delicious language pinpoints a common error in our society: As humans, we tend to repeat our mistakes and must come to terms with the consequences. The lyrical stanzas also leave us with the idea that we are vulnerable and desire to be repaired, and our resilience drives us to continuously seek out new homes as does the loon.