Voices from the Land

Writing the Land

PLT is honored to be featured in Currents, a recent book from Writing the Land, which includes the work of 11 land trusts and 24 poets who wrote poems inspired by their adopted lands across the country.

Published by NatureCulture LLC, this creative collaboration features poems by CMarie Fuhrman for the South Fork Ranch and Huffman properties.

“Writing the Land is an attempt to honor nature and our relationship with it in a way that is as equitable and transparent as it is deep and entangled. We intend to be as inclusive — to humans and places — as we hope the mantle of protection that land trusts offer can be. Our work will never be complete but gains strength, depth, beauty, and energy in a multitude of voices.”  – Lis McLoughlin, editor

CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including Emergence MagazinePlatform Review, Yellow Medicine ReviewCutthroat a Journal of the ArtsWhitefish ReviewBroadsided PressTaos  International Journal of Poetry, and Art, as well as several anthologies. 

CMarie is a regular columnist for the Inlander, translations editor for Broadsided Press, Non-Fiction editor for High Desert Journal, and Director of the Elk River Writers Workshop. CMarie is the Director of Poetry for Western Colorado University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she also teaches Nature Writing.  She is the 2021-2023 Idaho Writer in Residence and resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho with her partner Caleb and their dogs Carhartt and Cisco.  


by CMarie Fuhrman

It’s a game I like to play. A way I test myself.

Out in the woods, atop a peak or along a winding stream, I lie down and close my eyes. I allow my other senses to take over. I inhale deeply. I listen beyond my thoughts and my heartbeat, past the sound of panting dogs. I put my hands on the earth and touch it; I feel the parts of my body where it supports me. Hips, shoulders, back, thighs. Head. What does…