Gerald Locklin: "Winslow Homer: Gloucester Sunset, 1880"
Gerald Locklin’s books so far in 2013 include, along with Deep Meanings (Presa Press), a novella trilogy from Spout Hill Press: The Case of the Missing Blue Volkswagon, Come Back, Bear, and Last Tango in Long Beach (available individually from amazon.com), a reprint of Gerald Locklin: New and Selected Poems(2008) from Silver Birch Press, and a single-story e-book The Sun Also Rises in the Desert from Mendicant Bookworks (available on Smashwords). These three poems originally appeared in Deep Meanings: New and Selected Poems(Presa Press); they are reprinted with permission. You may learn more about the poet and contact him through his website and on Facebook.
Winslow Homer: Gloucester Sunset, 1880
I have always been
A strong boy at the oars.
I skim still waters where
The bass hides in the bulrush marshes
Or I ramp the waves in challenge of
The grand banks where my fate awaits me.
I propel myself among the narcissistic sails
Which have been unsinewed by the wind’s
Solicitations. As night comes on,
The only splash that’s seen is mine.
I bow my back to feel my dorsals pull
And show you, resting in the stern,
That I’m the mate to pilot you
Past shoals that punctuate horizoned years
When I will be the steady context of
The girlhood in your womanhood.
From infra-red to ultraviolet,
I will fill my lungs with salted oxygen
For the winning and the keeping of you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gerald Locklin is now a Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught from 1965 through 2007, and continues as an occasional part-time lecturer. A profile based on a retirement event was broadcast on NPR and is archived. He is the author of over 155 books, chapbooks, and broadsides of poetry, fiction, and criticism, with over 3000 poems, stories, articles, reviews, and interviews published in periodicals. His work is frequently performed by Garrison Keillor on his Writer’s Almanac daily Public Radio program, is archived on his website, and is included in all three of Mr. Keillor’s Good Poems anthologies. His most recent full-length collections of poems are Poets and Pleasure Seekers, Spout Hill Press, 2015, and The Marriage of Man the Maker and Mother Nature, Volume 2 of the Complete Coagula Art Poems, 2014. His books are available on Amazon.