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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 4, December 2018

Kevin Nusser
Portland, Oregon, USA

Poet’s Beach

It sits under the heavily trafficked I-5 highway bridge between two bridges, the Hawthorne, I walk across twice daily on my way to and from work, and the Tillicum that ferries the public across in buses and trains. A beaver swims along its shore. An older white mutt in the river is barking at the passing water. A full can of apple hard cider is washed up on the beach, as is a dead crow, as is a dead mackerel. A great blue heron cautiously strolls past a homeless man who’s made a home next to discarded syringes. It is low tide on the Willamette and I walk out on the sand to touch the bridge support. At one end of the beach is a sewer outlet tagged The Demon, the rocks in low tide are muck-coated and slick. On the other end, rests old pier debris and a floating restaurant, locked up, fenced in. Canada geese fly two feet over the river, ducks paddle past, fish occasionally jump. When I tire I walk alone along this beach.

at the shore
the struggle between
life and meaning  



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