copper canyons

                              I want to leave
                              no one behind.

To keep
& be kept.

                             The way a field turns
                             its secrets

into peonies.

                            The way light
                            keeps its shadow

by swallowing it.

Ocean Vuong, from “Into the Breach,” Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) 

These trees have no names
whatever we call them

where will the meanings be
when the words are forgotten

will I see again
where you are

will you be sitting
in Fran’s living room

will the dream come back
will I know where I am

will there be birds

W. S. Merwin, “Looking Up in the Garden,” The Moon Before Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)

i’d imagine it’s a little easier to make a planet your home when you can see your own colors reflected in its nature.


Rarámuri people, also known as the Tarahumara, are an indigenous people located in northwestern Mexico. Today they’re concentrated in the Copper Canyons of the Sierra Madre Mountains. They are known for their long distance running abilities. Their population is an estimated 70-100 thousand and they’re part of the Uto-Aztecan language family.