SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

Humpbacks by Anne Marie Macari

We’re small now, small

as fish in our tiny school,

 

kayaking toward booming

spouts, flukes

 

and shadow-backs

breaking the glassy sea—

 

All around we see, hear,

whale, and drift, reckless

 

to encounter them rising,

ethereal tons

 

unstitching

the surface—the sea

 

a nether-world I dream into

but can’t know, where

 

a fin rises

like a black door

 

then disappears—

 

I’ve come here to be lost

in the blue center, rocking

 

on the brink of wet

darkness, the sea

 

swelling with beings, two

miles out, waves

 

picking up


Anne Marie Macari is the author of four books of poems, most recently, Red Deer (Persea, 2015). Her poems and essays have appeared in many magazines, including American Poetry Review, FIELD, and The Iowa Review.

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