Somewhere, in a place not meant for mortal hearts to wander, Edaphos digs himself into a hole that will one day swallow all of humankind.

Edaphology (from greek “edaphos” meaning ground) is the division of soil science regarding humankind’s use of the land. Edaphos is a character I conceptualized as being a child of Lilith, biblical Adam’s first wife who was made from dust alongside him. This piece was inspired by Susan Sontag’s “Regarding the Pain of Others,” Sofia Samatar’s “The Winged Histories,” and above all, the violently satisfying act of digging.