THE BOTTOM / ROBERT S. KING

 

Beneath the ocean is land
that no one owns,
that is too deep for light

currents are breezes
and no lighthouse reaches
out its arms to the lost.

under pressure,
spineless creatures
have learned to make
their own light
in the darkness.

 

 

 

Robert S. King lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, includingCalifornia Quarterly, Chariton Review, Kenyon Review, Main Street Rag, Midwest Quarterly, and Southern Poetry Review. He has published three chapbooks (When Stars Fall Down as Snow, Garland Press 1976; Dream of the Electric Eel, Wolfsong Publications 1982; and The Traveller’s Tale, Whistle Press 1998). His full-length collections are The Hunted River and The Gravedigger’s Roots, both in their second editions from FutureCycle Press, 2012; and One Man’s Profit (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013).  

 

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