Issue No. 19, Winter 2016

Building Soil (Hexagram 35)
Mark C. Childs

Decades of lint, skin cells, ash
pressed in cesspods, stardrive simmered,
toiled, tilled by cultured microbes,

deep watered, turns to humus –
a cosmos of promise.
Soil develops as does language.


In the last year Mark C. Childs has published 17 poems in 11 different magazines. Mark is the author of the award-winning books The Zeon Files: the art and design of historic Route 66 signs; Urban Composition; and Squares: a public place design guide. He is also the author of Composing Speculative Cities (Analog 2016), a newspaper series, and numerous academic urban design articles. He is a Fulbright Scholar and was on MIT’s international tiddly-winks team.