From the waves
and of the sea. What travelers
are saying / is this a place. Maybe they unfurled
a map giving terrain / tides
the mighty Pacific before we knew better—
a great little this is a far cry. It comes alive
with streets / who imagined the quality of the places
being built. Why was the city not like this
the whole time? Our demise in story
after story. The signs in the stars the borders
not strictly defined the roaring of these
waters / open space the shoreline inches forward
of the earth the showing forth.
is a poet, sound artist, and educator who lives and works in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. His major project, Atlas, is a long poem that documents his reflections on place, landscape, and our understanding of the world. It has been excerpted in small journals such as Dusie, jubilat, and Otoliths. The first book of the poem, Atlas 1, is available as a free PDF from glennbach.com.