Our Natural Satellite


by Russell Brakefield

Winner of the 2021 International 3-Day Poetry Chapbook Contest

"There is so much to admire in this short manuscript, which manages to travel many places as it wrestles with location and dislocation and as it probes not just the odd and complex history of space exploration but also the ordinary experiences of living on earth in the age of such travel. These poems are supple and complex, honest and tender. They acknowledge the complexity of what we know, what we don't know, what we remember, and what we imagine. Moving from a crater in Wisconsin blacktop to a childhood garden to a 'single, pleading yelp' of a dog in Russia, this strong collection forms a sustained meditation on our relationship with the moon." 

-Cindy Hunter Morgan, author of Harborless