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Writer’s Preface! ! Artist’s Preface!! ! Acknowledgements! Special Thanks! ! !

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Bay ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

! At the Four-Corners, gouache on handmade paper, 11 x 14 inches! ! Seaweed 1, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! Seaweed 2, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 inches! ! ! ! ! ! Cormorant! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! The Dead End! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! South Wind! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Garbage Cove, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches!! ! ! ! ! ! Untitled (Reeds), ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! Untitled (Reeds 2), ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! Rigging, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Rigging! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Hemlock Cove! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Hemlock Cove, pencil on paper, 10 x 10 inches! ! ! ! ! ! Terns! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Terns, ink on paper, 10 x 10 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Barnacle, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches !! ! ! ! ! ! Barnacle! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Dragonfly! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Oyster 1, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Oyster 2, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 inches! ! ! ! ! ! !


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Oyster! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Cedar Island! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Anchor, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches ! ! ! Blue Point, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches ! Between Winds ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Red Moon, gouache on paper, 11 x 14 inches! Red Moon! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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! Waves Waves Waves, gouache on handmade paper, 14 x 11 inches! Of Water! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Of Water, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Riptide, watercolor and pencil on paper, 10 x 10 inches !! ! ! Riptide!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Ocean 2, watercolor and pencil on paper, 10 x 10 inches ! ! ! Garbage Cove ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Tide Chart! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Tide Chart, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! Orient Points, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! Orient Points! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Epiphany! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Epiphany, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Barrier Beach, watercolor on handmade paper, 5 x 7 inches !! ! Ocean Parkway! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Horizon Lines! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Ocean Side, watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 inches! ! ! ! ! !

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Splice! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Tangle !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Tangle, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches!! ! ! ! ! ! Bight! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Bight, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches!! ! ! ! ! ! Through Light and Water, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches! Rope ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Unknot!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Unknot, ink on paper, 8.5 x 11! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Undertow, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! Line! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Life Line, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! Unknot!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Trefoil ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Untitled (Netting), ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! Coil, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Monkey’s Fist, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! Rope, ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! ! ! ! ! Line! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Lines & Ropes! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Untitled (Tangle), ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! ! ! !

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! Untitled (Lines), ink on paper, 12 x 12 inches! Source List! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! How to Tie a Bowline! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Bowline, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches! !

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Acknowledgements Sincere thanks to the editors of the these journals where the following poems were first published, sometimes in slightly different versions.

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“Bight”: Ozone Park Journal

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“Epiphany”: Hunger Mountain

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“Horseshoe Crab” (haiku from “Garbage Cove”): Roadrunner

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“Splice”: Cratelit


Red Moon rising over the bay now quiet as our decisions to make better lives despite: to spite impermanence – rise, it is for you to bloom white, for us to guess what you sign: one red eye with laugh lines, & a fading smile. It’s not enough to say what we will do under favorable skies. Rise red moon, mosquitoes whine, plovers pipe, crickets chirp & past barrier beaches the hushohhh-hush of the ocean sends us home.


Epiphany Two weeks after Christmas, my father carefully takes down the tree alone. On the second Sunday, in quiet morning he begins with painted glass, then the angels, fish, stars – Finally the lights go out & away. Until afternoon the tree stands as once in its wood: dark sage free of memory, but now a rootless symbol only. We drive out to Garbage Cove & leave the tree to be buried under dunes by the wind. Looking out over the sea’s winter froth, I find emptiness as the entrance to a second noel.


Bight Curve of coast; loop in a line. The language of water always has two meanings: One soft: my daughter holding the main sheet; my son pushing the tiller back & forth. The sailboat on light wind tolerates their energies. One hard: way to handle wind, meaning way to handle God. New on my first ship I was told never to trust a bight – will cut a grown man in half, meaning, imagine what it’d do to you. Sailing past the Boat Graveyard with my father on the tiller I have leisure to look at the half-sunk hulls grown through with reeds, the osprey display his crab atop a channel marker. There are always two meanings: life & death – god that we name twice because we have two identities & neither understands the other.


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