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the tide rises, the tide falls

an oceanic literary journal

 

and so the tide rises

this is where our poems wiggle their toes, sand caught in the crevices. this is where our creativity lives; this is where we put our money where our mouth is. let us take you to the sea, and enjoy.

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short on time? check out our collection of shell-sized poetry. 

 

By Karin Hedetniemi

low tide laps the shore
children tugging
on a sleeve

 

Karin Hedetniemi is a writer and street photographer on Vancouver Island, Canada. Her creative work is inspired by the sea, its rocky coastline, and ordinary beauty in quiet places. Find her at: AGoldenHour.com.

 

artist's statement

Haiku can express the purity of a witnessed moment in the natural world, connecting to a human experience. The water gently lapping on shore reminds me of curious children, eager to ask a question or share a discovery in nature. The pulsing tide, the sleeve tugs, both evocative of Longfellow's "little waves, with their soft, white hands."

 
 

Big Pine Key

by Archana Sridhar

the blackest night falls
after a day of sail-boats and snorkels
when we wade into an ocean
demarcated by a circle of nets
we are imprisoned alongside wildness
yet somehow free feeling
the salt sting in the pin-pricks
of jellyfish ink
around us phosphorescent life tumbles
like glitter-spill on cardboard
stars spin them a cocoon overhead
woven from the light
of the universe itself

 

Archana Sridhar is a South Asian poet and university administrator in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the chapbook “Renderings” (845 Press), and her writing can be found at www.archanasridhar.com

 
 

content warning: violence, death

 

Remember the Problem-Song

by Archana Sridhar

Stare at the sand long enough

and you’ll see glimmers of hope


Ground down eons ago

by droplets of water carefully collected


Balanced in the bowls

of oceans held aloft by our foremothers


Their forbearance honoured

by spilling the droplets of their lives


And legacies stored among stars of glass

scattered across the galaxy


Like a landscape of sand-planets

each grain and filament illustrating


The scales of their hopes reinvented

and our time revivified in song

 

Archana Sridhar is a South Asian poet and university administrator in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the chapbook “Renderings” (845 Press), and her writing can be found at www.archanasridhar.com

 
 

haiku

seashells
dreams return
to the shore

by Billy Antonio

 

Billy Antonio's second collection of haiku and senryu, "where it was", was published by Clare Songbirds Publishing House in 2019. His poetry has won international recognition including a first place in the European Kukai.

 
 
 
 
 

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