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J. S. Westbrook

J. S. Westbrook

J.S. Westbrook holds an MFA from the University of Florida, where he served as Assistant Poetry Editor for Subtropics. His poems have appeared in The Southampton Review, The Hopkins Review and The New Criterion. He is at work on his first collection.

Sanibel Island


Long after the Blind Pass causeway had driven
ferries to extinction on Sanibel Island,
signs in the shops read, "You break it,
you buy it." Easier said than done.

Though to put nothing between ourselves
and the appropriate words was,
hard as it seemed, even harder,
it laid to rest what did not stand to reason.

Mare's tails flamed like saffron threads
in the tight-lipped, Fauvist twilight.
The graduations on the storm surge markers
started just above our heads.

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