This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Jordi Alonso, is from Shade of Blue Trees by Kelly Cressio-Moeller, released by Two Sylvias Press in 2021.
A water / unlike any other water ~Joanna Klink
At Point Lobos, a woman mentions she nearly drowned at Monastery Beach—some days she can still taste brine. Pleurisy of tissue and wave: kick harder, kick harder. Grow a third lung, line it with desire. Holdfast. Hold. Fast. Cormorant deep-dives, belly full of pebbles. Flash your blue throat to me! Build us a nest, carino, con posidonie e fiori. Tie the boat in the shallows, hike through dune asters, a clutch of bees, thick bullwhips beached on black stones. 18th century vaqueros broke mustangs along coastal bluffs, mistook barking sea lions for wolves. Gray whale cries ghost the cove. Sway-balanced on driftwood, a great blue heron syncs with my shipwrecked vertigo, slow motion wingbeats carry her away. Poseidon chases down the sun. Storm-footed chariot. Whitestarred Hippocampi. Coffin bones hammer the seafloor gold. In the Whaler’s Cabin, a man spoke about the sea— how it took his boy and didn’t give him back. Giant kelp coppers teal water, long garlands wreathe into laurel crowns as if all Olympus is surfacing.
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