PoetryIssue 19 | December 2013

Port Cities and Pantries

by Christine Jones

Film reels reek of cobbled streets and shelves,
spinning chum and Jell-O. Dark, narrow
spaces lined with spices, stacked with boats
stoke a charm of sea and cinnamon.

Lobster traps, buoys, Lou’s Fish Market,
Libby’s Peaches, Campbell’s Soup, and Grandma’s Molasses
mock birch shelves with striped paper
and barnacled posts that branch from the housed sea.

Beyond the docks and shelves, doors unhinge,
wild with waves, cans and bottles disarrayed.
A full pantry, a full port, a full breath
of salt or vinegar, fish or flour.

Shucking fat oysters for stew,
I feel the wind in the belly of the boom.

About the author

Christine has visited Italy and has been blessed with waters thrown from Havana’s balconies on New Year’s Eve. She exhibits her travel-inspired poetry alongside her husband’s fine art paintings in local and regional museums, and has had a handful of publications online and in print. Recently, she was accepted into Lesley University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

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