Creative Writing

The Next Field Over

by nicole v basta

Poetry, 2016 - Creative Writing at The New School

Tolsun Books, 2022

Poet nicole v basta’s the next field over acts as a rewilding. Through her exquisite verse, readers experience the possibilities of living in a post-industrial, post-capitalist world that honors the vulnerability of nature. The poet writes, “all i am / trying to make is a home for the lost,” which she admits will not come easily: “maybe to be rendered small by the wild / for a moment is the only fear that’s a gift.” These untitled poems strip bare the drywall, render the ordinary as sacred, and evoke the pastoral as a mirror held up to the modern world, pressing it for answers as to why we praise what we praise.

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