From the book:
THE COLD CLEAN SEA
Along the empty Autumn beach
we take off our gloves
to dip our fingers in the surf
to taste the cold, clean sea
the cold sea that hides all kinds of debris
the "clean" surf of a great trash heap
a shroud for the bodies of men & fish
a pit for the forgotten, the lost
the intentional and the unintentional
for the long misplaced, for trinkets
& bottles & cans, for lumber & rope & line
for glass & plastic
for things of the sea & things of the land
a great pit, distilling
fermenting, dissolving, composting
like memories of forgotten parties
foreign languages never learned
lost & forbidden vocabularies.
When we taste the sea
we taste all that has cooked
in its cauldron. Taste it -
does it need more salt?
Dan Wilcox is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, N.Y. and is a member of the poetry performance group "3 Guys from Albany". As a photographer, he claims to have the world's largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He has been a featured reader at all the important poetry venues in the Capital District & throughout the Hudson Valley and is an active member of Veterans for Peace.
He also publishes poetry under the imprint, A.P.D. (albany's poetic device, another pleasant day, etc.). His own poems have been published in Post Traumatic Press 2007, Chronogram, Poetica and most recently in the anthology American Society: What Poets See, in other small press journals and anthologies, on the internet, as broadsides & in self-published chapbooks. His chapbook boundless abodes of Albany published by Benevolent Bird Press of Delmar, NY is available for Kindle from Amazon. You can read his Blog at dwlcx.blogspot.com.
is a 24 page hand-stitched chapbook. $10.00
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