2011 winter poetry northsea

by John Sibley Williams

To wake and know
the dream's landscape has forever
changed.
To wake and know
in waking something was stolen
and although beautiful, the day
hardens
slowly beneath the sun
slowly like picking an apple
never tasted
slowly as the sea breaks
and ebbs away—
a different sea
drowning in itself dreamt
that you will someday revisit
awake
for the first time.

About the Author

John Sibley Williams is a poet and book publicist residing in Portland, OR. He has a previous MA in Writing and presently studies Book Publishing at Portland State University, where he serves as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and publicist for Three Muses Press. His poetry was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize, and his debut chapbook, A Pure River, was published in 2010 by The Last Automat Press. Some of his over 100 previous or upcoming publications include: The Evansville Review, Rosebud, Ellipsis, Flint Hills Review, and Euphony.

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