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A Familiar Shore
Poetry by Emily Isaacson

This 8th book of postmodern poetry
was launched on Feb 19 at The Reach Art Gallery Museum in Abbotsford.

Written in 88 sections named for the constellations.

Get your copy here, or buy one for a friend.


I stretch out my hands,
the waterways of the world,
shaded canals of Venice,
river of the Amazon,
the royal Thames, the straight-limbed Nile.
How did I come to be
the speaker of the sea,
the voice of its relentless pull
and heartfelt rhythm.
My initials spelled sea,
I contained it—

Wild and unrestrained,
fettered and monopolized,
used and bettered,
the sea was my portion,
the Queen of Water.
I was as much
a victim of the moon,
as a mother in labor
is subject to her pain.
I knew the rites of nature,
the turning of the earth.

Emily Isaacson, A Familiar Shore



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