Jordan Jones


Every gathering
of humans
into a village

means trash collects —
glass shards or Tropicana
jugs. Nutrients cling,

ripen, rot around the edges
of the detritus, attract
a whole ecosystem

of fungus, bacteria,
insects, roaches,

life coalescing, but warped
by the gravity
of human ease.

28 June 2020
Near North Valley, Albuquerque

Jordan Jones is co-owner, editor, and publisher of Coyote Arts, a literary arts publisher. He has published poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and works in translation in numerous magazines and anthologies and is the author of two books of poetry, Sand & Coal and The Wheel. A genealogist since 1973, he writes about history, family history, and the suburban blending of wild and urban environments. He lives in the Rio Grande watershed of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife and two fur-bearing companions.