Lime Hawk

Lime Hawk is an independent artist collective and literary press based in Redding, Connecticut, producing works that muse on environment, culture, and sustainability. 

Donelle Dreese
Rachel Carson's Ghost

She crossed the Allegheny River
wearing anklets of river grass.

I followed her through Springdale
on a trail of broken crab claws

bits of sea glass and bones of fishes.
She paused at a fracking field

where the aquifer detonation
rocked a chemical earthquake

turned her white glow to gray.
She faded then, the way a ribbon

of mist wilts over an evergreen.
but the look in her eye was a cold ring

an alarm without an answer
a scream without a mouth.

Donelle Dreese is a Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Sophrosyne (Aldrich Press), A Wild Turn (Finishing Line), and Looking for a Sunday Afternoon (Pudding House). Donelle is also the author of a YA novella Dragonflies in the Cowburbs (Anaphora Literary) and the novel Deep River Burning (WiDo Publishing). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines and journals.