The ridge a half mile down from Monticello.
A pit cut deeper than the plow line.
Archaeologists plot the dig by scanning
plantation land mapped field
for carbon, ash, traces of human dwelling.
Tess Taylor is the author of Work & Days (Red Hen Press, 2016) and The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013). She has received fellowships from Amherst College, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. She also served as the 2010–2011 Amy Clampitt Fellow in Lenox, Massachusetts. Taylor is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and reviews poetry for NPR’s All Things Considered. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Whittier College and lives in El Cerrito, California.