TWO POEMS by Michael Rothenberg


The world is always prettier after lunch

Orange and yellow starfish
In tide pools at Cape Perpetua

Devil’s Churn
Sea-foam green anemone

Spruce, fir, agate beach
Cross a driftwood bridge
Balance regained after a stumble

A false star (is) swept into the drumming
Hollows of a sea lion cave

Dark into dark
Raging song of the true sun. . .

Never turn your back on the sea!



Photo by Terri Carrion

Michael Rothenberg is a poet and editor and publisher of Big Bridge magazine online at  His poetry books include The Paris Journals(Fish Drum Press), Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press), and most recently Choose (Big Bridge Press).  He is also author of the eco-spy thriller Punk Rockwell (Tropical Press). Michael Rothenberg has edited the selected works of Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer and Edward Dorn (Penguin Books) and the Collected Poems of Philip Whalen (Wesleyan University Press). His newest book of poems, My Youth As A Trainwill be published in Fall 2010 by Foothills Publishing.

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