“Oneiric” (2020) is a cinepoem that came out of some time I spent in Nebraska looking at migratory flight lines of Sandhill Cranes, one of the largest animal migrations. I wrote some of the poem while waiting in the blinds for the sun to rise and the birds to start keening. Some of the footage was also shot there. The rest is based on dreams and augury– a form of divination first practiced in Ancient Greece in which augurs watched the patterns of birds and interpreted their movements as harbingers.
Emma Gomis is a Catalan American essayist, poet, editor and translator. She is the cofounder of Manifold Press. Her texts have been published in Denver Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Asymptote, and Vice Magazine among others and her chapbook Canxona is forthcoming from b l u s h lit. She was selected by Patricia Spears Jones as The Poetry Project’s 2020 Brannan Poetry Prize winner. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Poetics from Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she was also the Anne Waldman Fellowship recipient and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in criticism and culture at the University of Cambridge.