PoetryIssue 22 | April 2015

Watershed

by Catherine Chandler

I rode the rapids of the Iguazú
until I reached the falls at Devil’s Throat.
I sailed the Beagle Channel on a boat
that nearly capsized as it ran into
a sudden storm. I paddled on the Plate,
the Jaguarão, the Corcovado; swam
the Paraná and didn’t give a damn
about piranhas or the spotback skate.

Those were the waters of the wild in me.
Now time has tamed the tenor of my dream
and I am drawn back to the source, the stream
I disregarded as an absentee—
the Susquehanna, ancient, faithful, strong.
The river that had borne me, all along.

About the author

An American by birth, a Canadian by choice, and a Uruguayan by marriage, Catherine Chandler’s travel credentials include surviving a storm on a catamaran in the Beagle Channel, a bee swarm in Brazil, and altitude sickness in the Andes. She’s dodged Patagonian icebergs on Lago Argentina and rode the rapids on the Iguazú. She’s tasted wine in a Mendoza vineyard, pizza in Verona, poutine in Québec, and Philly cheesesteaks in Philly. She’s bathed in the waters at Lourdes (alas, no miracles!), driven through a snowstorm in the Italian Alps and rolled down Martial glacier in Ushuaia. Visit her Wonderful Boat, where you can read and hear some of her recent work.

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Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok