Solstice: Light & Dark of the Salish Sea
Tomorrow evening — Sunday, 11 April 2021, 7 p.m. PST — I’ll be participating in the launch of Solstice: Light & Dark of the Salish Sea (Chuckanut Sandstone Press), a delightful collection of poems, selected (solicited!) and edited by Carla Shafer. The collection features the work of 29 poets in two sections, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice.
The reading is on Zoom, hosted by Village Books. You can find a list of the poets and register for the reading, here.
This is my winter solstice poem:
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.
—Dylan Thomas, “Fern Hill”
At the winter solstice, darkness
falls early, thin band of copper
as the sun winks out.
No matter how faint the light,
I walk the shore,
hands in my pockets, my hood
pulled up against the wind.
I might be a witch,
I might be a raven,
dreaming of spring.
The year turns, indigo,
burnt umber. My words
rhyme with the green weeds,
thick tendrils that lay in windrows
along the dark shore.
What chains are these, light
What song is this, the sea
bids me sing?
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