Shipwreck—The shore

Leslie Harrison

The sea mutters its curses its prophesies alongthe lip of sand and dune and granite gray bystar gray by broken gray by cliff gray by skyby tourist loud in the glade of his fifty weeksorrow listen that is Cassandra that is the oceanspeaking every secret every song every prayeron its vast and dying mind while cameras whilephones freeze the foam to spilled white milkand the gulls steal from the hands of childrendeaf to everything deaf to all that will chill themuntil blue rises through their seas until it clotslike paint in their soft in their softly crying lips

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Leslie Harrison’s second book, The Book of Endings (Akron, 2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry. She is a recent NEA fellow and a former Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University. She lives and teaches in Baltimore.

West Branch

Spring/Summer 2018

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Stadler Center for Poetry
Bucknell University

G. C. Waldrep

Managing Editor
Andrew Ciotola

Shara Lessley

West Branch is a thrice annual magazine of poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews, founded in 1977 and housed at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University.

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