Since 1996 Volume XXI
A Summer Of Poetry ahead.

Jennifer Lagier

Jennifer Lagier has published ten books and in literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Forthcoming books: Harbingers(Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle). Website: jlagier.net

The poems were inspired by Jennifer Lagier's photographs.


Frog Pond
Water cress and floating leaves mingle
with reflected blue sky in a fluid mosaic.
Mosquito fish dart from shadows,
nibble puffy green pillows of algae.
Horse tail fern flops horizontal
under pressure from yesterday’s rainfall.
Ducks paddle across turgid pond,
forage among submerged willows and tules.
Mournful bullfrogs croak a solemn dirge,
invoke mutating progeny, wriggling tadpoles.

Safe Harbor
Chill fog congeals
above circling sea gulls,
erect ship masts,
taut silver bay.
Rigging drips, shivers,
clanks in slight breeze.
Under Fisherman’s Wharf,
grouchy harbor seals
quarrel and groan.
A handful of homeless,
wrapped in filthy blankets,
sleep late, snore
among sage and sand.
I sip hot java,
circumscribe boat ramp,
peaceful anchorage,
blend invisibly into
morning routines.


“Red sky at night, sailors’ delight….”
Approaching storm front announces itself
with brutal tides, crumbling coastline.
El Niño simmers offshore, tarts up rouged horizon.
Rain clouds churn aloft over turbulent ocean.
Morning frost disappears, eclipsed by downpour.
Assaulted beach is devoured.
In rising wind, abused pine trees protest.
Hands and hips ache,
aging victims of moisture.


Copyright, 2017, Jennifer Lagier.
All Rights Reserved.


Mary Barnet


Grace Cavalieri

Joan Gelfand

Janet Brennan