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Rachelle Linda Escamilla

 

Father took a hand saw to the rain
gutter, but doubted my garbage bin would
fill.

How do I explain that there is no     water?

 

The bin filled in five minutes and we bought three more
no fancy DIY spout nozzles, just hacked gutters, trash bins
and screen for the worms/leaves/debris

 

I’ve watched the fog, but it’s more than fog —

I’ve watched the ocean’s selfie, haha, an imprint of itself: imagine the Pacific
CRASHING against rock, the spray, the sonic boom of it all, now imagine that spray
collecting – grabbing on to each other and pulling the marine layer from just above our
heads and running, like bodies screaming for justice on the highway, for the mountains.

I’ve watched the fog crash over the Gabilan range, flooding the crevices of the chaparral,
giving the wiry blue oak a breather from the bleaching sun It looks like a tsunami he
said after he gasped at the sight from the west.

 

So the fog is water and it waters the grape vines
taste that smokey, cigar, leather jacket she said as she poured the Pinotyeah, that’s from last year’s fire.

 

it’s enough to make you sick with lust.

 

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Rachelle Linda Escamilla is from San Benito County, California which is one mountain range in from the Monterey Bay. Her first book of poems, Imaginary Animal won the 2014 Willow Books Literature Prize in Poetry and has been nominated for a PEN Open Book Award. She is the co-founder of Mainland China’s first creative writing program, the founder of the Poets and Writers Coalition at San Jose State University, and the curator for the Epazote Reading Series. Contact Rachelle through her website: www.poetita.com.

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Kait Burrier writes poetry, drama, and nonfiction in New York City. She is the founder and director of Union Square Slam, a weekly reading series and poetry slam in Manhattan. Kait received her M.F.A. from Wilkes University and was an inaugural resident at the Lemons Brook Farm Artist Residency. Visit www.kaitburrier.com for updates on publications and performances.

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