Essence of Beach

Raw, fluid land – not spring:
in birth, mackerel, shell corpse

twilight steaming off the ocean,
desiccated starfish, gulls & boats

catch sunset, lobsters, & drift
wood splintering from old bones.

Maria S. Picone has an MFA from Goddard College. She’s interested in cultural issues, identity, and memory. As a Korean adoptee in an Italian American family and a New Englander, her obsessions with noodles, seafood, and the ocean are hardly her fault. Her fiction appears in Monday Night Lit, talking about strawberries all of the time, and Progenitor Art and Literary Journal. www.mariapicone.com

See more of Maria's work in 8.3 and 8.3 again