Today's poem is "Landscapes with Elephant Seals and Umbrellas"
from The San Simeon Zebras

Salmon Poetry

C.J. Sage's poems appear nationally and internationally in publications such as The Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Threepenny Review, et cetera. Previous books are Let's Not Sleep (poems), And We The Creatures (anthology), Field Notes in Contemporary Literature (textbook/anthology), and Odyssea (poems). After taking her M. F. A. in Creative Writing/Poetry, she taught poetry, writing, and literature for many years. A native of California, she now edits The National Poetry Review and Press and works as a Realtor in Santa Cruz and surrounding counties. Sage resides in Rio Del Mar, California, a coastal town on the Monterey Bay.

Other poems by C.J. Sage in Verse Daily:
April 8, 2010:   "No Wasn't Full" "No wasn't full..."
November 24, 2008:   "July" "I was wondering dollars half-hearted..."
October 2, 2008:   "Goat" "Hoofed culler of things ignored..."
June 19, 2008:   "Some Coin" "Inside, she was hendecagonic...."
March 31, 2008:   "Ostriches" "When my father held his head from the sand for a time..."
March 16, 2007:   "The San Simeon Zebras" by C. J. Sage
January 26, 2006:   "The Dark Pelican" " Her nest is crude (though on the shore it rests..."
November 2, 2005:   "Choir" by C.J. Sage
September 8, 2004:  "Managing Myth" "From time to time the red-winged blackbirds tumble..."
December 31, 2003:  "Litany for Treetops" "The way the wind breaks across a giraffe's neck..."
September 17, 2002:  "Birth Ghazal" and "Bridge Ghazal" "I want to say before I die: my heart is clear; my hands, reborn...."
August 27, 2002:  "Sonnet For Carryhouse and Keeper" "I met a man who'd kept a snail as pet...."

Books by C.J. Sage:

Other poems on the web by C.J. Sage:
"Sea Canaries"
"Landscapes with Elephant Seals and Umbrellas"
3 poems
Two poems
"Peripetia, or Flowers for Everyone"
"Memorandum on Human Being"
"The Terza Rima of Bird and Fish"
"Safari, Safari"
Two poems
Two poems

C. J. Sage's Website.

About The San Simeon Zebra:

"With virtuoso craft and a naturalist's accuracy, C. J. Sage reinvents the nature poem for the 21st century with her new volume, The San Simeon Zebras. Inside this wondrous contemporary bestiary Sage investigates the interactions of animals and humans, using her poems for a complex apprehension of our world. She counters pathos with whimsy, balances environmental destruction with mammalian ebullience, and sparks the mournful lyric with brilliant images of zebras, elephants, egrets — and umbrellas. Is it possible to resist playing on this poet's surname? C.J. Sage works her words with a zesty ease, offering us both curative herb and wise prophecy."
—Molly Peacock

"In The San Simeon Zebras, CJ Sage distills the cadences of faith and flourish into a gorgeous bestiary. Donkeys, egrets, zebras, snails, skunks—and more—reside in a beautifully rendered world where 'the clicks of gate locks croon' and we can see 'a thousand rows of spiny safflower heads.' Sage blends meditations on animals familiar and strange, and moves between observations of these wilder landscapes and our own backyards to 'remind us what we do.' A wonderful way to 'remember you aren’t the only creature singing' is to read these poems."
—Margot Schilpp

"These poems read like a phantasmagoric zoo—a restless, and relentless, collection of beasts created by sound-play, hallucination, and pleasure. There is a feeling of idée fixe, of obsession, that drives this poet onward to build a linguistic Island of Dr. Moreau where dream and the subconscious are barely contained by the rational impulses of language—to fascinating effect."
—Larissa Szporluk

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