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Five Songs

ECOTONE ISSUE 20 IS BURSTING WITH SOUND, a sampling of which is included here, in our first audio supplement. Four of these tracks feature songs from Southern musicians: Piedmont blues player Etta Baker and her sister, Cora Phillips; ballad singer…

New Years

This year Ecotone celebrates its tenth anniversary. A decade—the word carries some weight. A milestone, a monolith. But the way we’ll experience this new decade is one year, one day, one moment at a time. It is a new year…

Putting By

This fall my family gathered at my parents’ house in South Carolina for a weekend of canning. It felt fitting, in the midst of editing work for this issue, to put food by for the winter. We brought produce from…

Wayfaring

I once talked with an ecologist, Clinton Epps, who was studying how the wall being built at the U.S.–Mexico border might affect wildlife. A situation so hard for people was, not surprisingly, problematic for animals as well. Epps was particularly…

Good-bye to an Editor

  Over the last few years I have sometimes been listed on the Ecotone masthead as Editor-in-Chief. I like that, in a vain sort of way. “In-Chief” sounds powerful, something writers seldom get to sound. It makes me want to…

Tempus Fugit

Certain lines in the English language feel so familiar and so true that you experience them as part of the ether. They don’t belong to any one person. They belong to everybody. You breathe, in an exchange with the world,…