Poem by Carly DeMento

Photograph by Jane Edberg, copyright 2022, all rights reserved.

I know in my heart
how rare each day is
but I’ve learned to pretend
it’s no big thing.

Carly DeMento is a writer, musician, and activist living in Encinitas, CA. A passionate autodidact, she has written for art museums, water departments, and tech companies — creating everything from greywater manuals to augmented and virtual reality experiences for zoos and museums. Recently, at the age of 40, she decided to stop being a ninny and began to submit her work. Her first poem was published in the spring of 2022. When she’s not writing, Carly is surfing, growing the only chili native to the US, and cooking heaps of pasta with her love, Danny.

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By Linda S. Gunther

Artwork by TM Givens, 8/12/15

Bittersweet barracuda
you were to me
Forbidden delicacy
on summer afternoons
A sad goodbye
echoes for me in the night
Saddled with commitment
surrounded and afraid
to be alone

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John Brantingham

John Brantingham

Former Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Education. Nature. Art. Marriage. Nomading. Check out my latest books at johnbrantingham.com.