A custom sun
graffitied with the
low pink scrawl
of waking
burns orange with hope
rising and stretching like
the landlocked siren singing
over sighing plains
where ewupniaq,
calming storms of
plant calligraphy hold
pollinator epistemologies
in the brush of wing
and scale to leaf: in
cobalt aurashine
light pemtaqaiet
slithers around like a snake
with the buzzing of ancient
promises, of maps,
danced into nests
and built bright yellow
over all of the land,
the churning magma
of rebirth—

When night breaks open
and pours forth morning
the people breathe
the breathless wisdom
that lurks in the codes of
they bloom, flower
and they stand, seeing,
as if for the first
time, the
boundless voice
of the soul.


(Editors’ Note: “Dawning” is read by Matt Peters on the Uncanny Magazine Podcast, Episode 51A.)


Tiffany Morris

Tiffany Morris is a Mi’kmaw writer of speculative fiction and poetry from Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. She is the author of the horror poetry collection Elegies of Rotting Stars (Nictitating Books, 2022). Her work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Apex Magazine, among others. She has an MA in English with a focus on Indigenous Futurisms. She is a member of the Speculative Fiction Poetry Association and the Horror Writers Association, and her work has been nominated for Elgin, Rhysling, and Aurora Awards. Find her at or on twitter @tiffmorris.

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