AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1

Bastard File

Metal sang across metal as the double-cut flat file
ran toe to heel against the Pulaski’s bit, removing
the history of our day [every rock nicked by the adz,
the mineral dirt thrown, the ponderosas cut through by
mumming axe head]. Each moment faded as the file
sheened the edge, raining a mist of steel. If—twelve
years ago—I had cupped these two hands & caught
that steel rain, could there have been a way?

Sean Prentiss

Sean Prentiss is the author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave. Finding Abbey won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, is a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Biography, and was a Vermont Book Award and Colorado Book Award finalistHe is the co-author of the forthcoming textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology, and the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction. He and his family live on a small lake in northern Vermont and he teaches at Norwich University and in the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.