Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay has published a book of poetry by four local poets. Hooray for them. Publishing a book in this day and age is a heroic act and publishing a book of poems is particularly brave. So, support your local poets, support Coalesce in their efforts and head on down there to buy a copy of "Where our palms rest . . ." Poems by Beverly Boyd, Carol Alma McPhee, Joann Rusch, and Bonnie Young. Christmas is coming and this book would make a lovely present to someone you know who loves poetry and loves discovering new poets.
This one is by is by Beverly Boyd.
He spent days figuring out how to work
a hand-held GPS, found for a dollar
at a yard sale, no instructions included.
Such a deal, he must have thought, polishing
its hazy window, inserting new batteries.
He switched it on but couldn't find his own
location. He handed it to a friend who used
another brand. No help there. Online,
he discovered a fifty-page manual.
Hours later, slipping into bed, he slept,
sound in the knowledge he had found his bearings.
At breakfast he proudly showed me where we were,
our latitude and longitude, how many
feet we sat with cereal and coffee above
the sea, barely visible through swirling fog,
and where four satellites hovered to mark
our spot -- all that anyone might need
to avoid that sinking feeling
or ancient thrill of being lost.