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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Poem: 82 words
By Patricia Nelson

Why the Seer Speaks of War and Monsters


My lamp’s circle moves upon 
the wider roundness of the beach. 

Bright yellow motion on 
the hidden yellowness of sand. 

At midnight comes a vision 
like a shift of silt or shadow. 

It’s like the noises in my dreams 
of late: Cries and bangs of war; 

The tingle of a monster fingering 
the greenest minutes in our leafy places. 

My vision touches coldness. I become 
the moonlight on the rolling of the white sea. 

Patricia Nelson
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

has worked for many years with the “Activist” group of poets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her most recent books include Out of the Underworld (Poetic Matrix Press, 2019) and In the Language of Lost Light (Poetic Matrix Press, 2021). She is currently working on a book about literary monsters and seers.

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