dub for cascadia

by | Oct 23, 2013 | Poetry

Returning to a place after a long absence, we are often shocked by both the small and the vast changes, effectively alerting us to the radical indifference places have to the sentiment we apply to them. Here, our own selves can become the site of an internal quarrel as to how a place once was; by claiming to cognitively remember the feel of a place, our bodies can provide a different history of the past. The result is that a place can take on a life of its own, quite apart from the way it is experienced or remembered.

Dylan Trigg, from The Memory of Place


there was no day before it was a dream                                      mother and daughter


unable to live at this age together                                                   even for a summer


evergreen eye movies                                                 boxes packed up nowhere to go


sun settling over peaks                              not long enough for shock at vast changes


sideways rain running                                                                   just move the heart


4pm dark finch songs                                                              varying temperaments


fly back only                                                          for the place’s radical indifference


a box with message inside                                              the nightmare lacks presence


old lover   the married one                                         this body a different back story


flutter on life’s surface                                          rift with ambient breath of its own


the sun the man the smoke the run                              bundle of different sensations

perpetuated flux and movement                            the sun the man the smoke the run



Note: “dub for cascadia” takes its title from the song by Loscil on Endless Falls (Kranky 2010) and appeared in Coconut Issue 16.

About The Author

Deborah Poe

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology(CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène(Furniture Press). She has published several chapbooks, most recently Keep (above/ground press), and also co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism (Peter Lang). Deborah is assistant professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, where she teaches creative writing and literature and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit and the Vox Creative Arts Series. For more information, please visit her website.