PoetryIssue 21 | October 2014

African Soundscape

by Karla Linn Merrifield

If you see yourself as a stone—
one of volcanic origin
cleaved from cliff, catapulted
to valley floor, rusty chunk
amid grasses, sunk
in the mud of the Maasai Mara—
if you see yourself as that Kenyan basalt,
you will be able to hear, distinctly,
trumpet and roar,
tree snap and bone crack,
sky thunder and earth tremor,
and the word of man for fear.

About the author

Assistant editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye, Karla’s escaped near death on the Little Colorado River and by a swarm of bees on the Amazon River (they turned out to be a sting-less variety). Her many book credits belie her wanderlust: they include The Ice Decides: Poems of Antarctica, Godwit: Poems of Canada, Attaining Canopy: Amazon Poems and Lithic Scatter and Other Poems. Forthcoming is Athabaskan Fractal and Other Poems of the Far North (Salmon Poetry). Visit her here.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok