September 28, 2016

Kelsey Creek Shade
One advantage of a poem appearing in a locally-published journal such as Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, is that you recognize most of the names listed along with yours in the table of contents and have listened to many of them read at area events.

In fact, I've appeared at the same podium with two of the other writers who have poems in the Fall 2016 issue. Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place features poetry which captures the spirit of place as part of the essence of the poem. "We particularly emphasize poetry which is written in the Pacific Northwest and which is attentive to the relationships between people and the landscapes in which we live."

On page 26 of that issue you will find my tanka, "Kelsey Creek Shade," written at Kelsey Creek Farm Park (pdf), while standing in the shade of this magnificent tree.