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A WORD FOR IT by Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Volume 10: Satellite of Love is fortunate to have the work of nine of Santa Barbara's Poets Laureate. Laure-Anne Bosselaar was the Poet Laureate from 2019 to 2021.




A WORD FOR IT

by Laure-Anne Bosselaar


I’m at the bare end of the bluff, blue sweater sleeves

pulled over my hands, the jays & waves the only sounds.


Miles away, barely visible, suspended in a shamble

of chiffon mist, Anacapa Island is almost transparent.


I lean against a parched eucalyptus, at this Pacific edge,

feeling gladly old in this young morning.


Is there a word for this? Breathful.

That’s it: I feel breathfully old.


The marine layer frays in the east, shivers through the air.

Then, coming from nowhere, a wind-flaw whirls silver scarves


into the waves & wraps the new sun inside them.

This doesn’t last longer than my gasp, no longer than for me


to turn around, hoping for someone— anyone— to be standing

here too, and to ask wasn’t that beautiful?


Each of the Poets Laureate has their own section in Volume 10. Laure-Anne's is titled "Album Pages." To purchase Volume 10, visit out bookstore or amazon. Volume 10 will be in local Santa Barbara bookstores in late February.


Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize, and of A New Hunger, selected as a Notable Book by the ALA. Her fourth collection, These Many Rooms, was published by Four Way Books. She taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and UCSB. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and of the James Dickey Poetry Prize, she edited five anthologies, and served as Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate from 2019 to 2021. Lately, her New & Selected, will come out in January 2024 from Sungold Press.

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