Walk across, ankle deep not much of a river for its exalted name Rio Grande in high Chihuahuan summer, the United States one stone’s throw away even with my weak arm. So this is the border in Santa Elena Canyon some igneous rocks, mud, silt after last night’s thunderstorm that didn’t make a dent in eight years of draught. But that rain was a gift from the gods above ants, tamarisks, & beings we’ll never see at this thin crossing. Who is here to judge?
Karla Linn Merrifield has had 800+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the 2019 full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. In early 2021, her Half a World of Kisses will be published by Truth Serum Press (Australia) under its new Lindauer Poets imprint. She is currently at work on a poetry collection, My Body the Guitar, inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars; the book is slated to be published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY).
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