PoetryIssue 21 | October 2014

Ocean Point

by Melissa Goodwin

These rocks
in the late-day sun,
mica-marbled,
ancient and smooth,
That rich seaweed smell
after yesterday’s storm,
Those children
poking at treasures
in the tide pool,
That lone sailboat
heading home,
This moment,
when the tide turns
and the wind
goes chill;
I should be
on my way,
but still,
I stay.

About the author

Melissa Ann Goodwin’s poetry won a top prize in the 2010 Writer’s Digest Annual Poetry Competition. Her books, The Christmas Village and its sequel, Return to Canterbury, are the culmination of her lifelong dream to write the kind of books she loved to read as a child. She is currently working on her third book, a historical novel inspired by her mother’s experience as an evacuee at the start of World War II.

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Poetry

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