Wild Conditions by Laura Romeyn

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson, with covers by John Gall.


Laura Romeyn’s Wild Conditions works on us like music, a sonata inscribing the sensibility of a girl in the sylvan northern reaches of the Great Lakes region who observes and alchemizes the mute energies of flora and fauna.... For me, it was love at first reading.

—Ange Mlinko

Sheet Music

The shape of a blanket hovers
over a square of land. Inside
the square, a herd bows low
in one coordinated bob for feed.

The shape above is huge energy.
A blanket of stressed beats
and wings, of committed fliers
in a unit. Their pass over land

merges herd above with herd
below: those who hover over
those who hover over energy
intakes, fed steadily back into

the beating systems. The cows,
single-minded and full, drift
down into the land for more.
And the living shadow passes—

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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