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Diary of the One Swelling Sea
by Jill McCabe Johnson (Goodreads Author)
Living on Orcas Island, Jill McCabe Johnson is a close neighbor to the sea. In her briny poems, she takes us even closer--letting us read the sea's diary. From sea ground to surface, we see the intimate, inside story. Careful observation, precise research, musical phrasing, and active imagining surge through these poems. Ninety-five percent of earth's oceans remain ...more
Paperback, First, 66 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by MoonPath Press
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Beautiful and lyrical account in the voice of the sea. The poems in the collection are brief for the most part, most under ten lines, but their cumulative effect is like the waves, building deeper and deeper. The sinuous lines on the page and the development of a lexicon all the sea’s own create a world that shifts and churns. Wonderful!
Colleague from Rainier Writing Workshop, resident of the San Juan Islands, friend--I knew I would love Jill's poetry. I was still surprised by the scope, my reading breath caught by images and descriptions. And it must be said that reading it while the Dvorak Cello Concerto was playing was precisely the right soundtrack. I hadn't intended for the first reading to be without interruption, but I couldn't put down either the tides or the Dead Zone, not while the cello kept saying "Not yet, keep ...more