Once there was a speck of dirt caught inside a universal drift that travelled through great vats of blackness, lamboyant gasses and elemental showers without thought or aim. And whenever the dirt loated over the planet that spun like a perfect marble, it felt a gentle pull towards the swells of blue, soft and serious as a whispered promise, which made the dirt stir. Otherwise it felt nothing and this pattern continued for eons. Then a star exploded and a storm of light with
fierce lassoes struck the dirt through the Earth's burning atmosphere, where it began to fully awaken.
Gretchen Heffernan is a poet, novelist and publisher. She co-founded Backlash Press and has published in journals such as Agni and Brittle Star. She is the author of The Book of Dirt and, forthcoming, The Book of Insects and The Carving Circle, a noir title about American racism, obsession and art. She has a degree in Creative Writing and Modern Poetry from Vermont College. She has completed two Faber Academy writing programs and has been involved with The Poetry School in London.