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James Penha: Taller Then At Creation


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/R4lvbqy_r80) 20.11.2022.



Monument

The incoming surf wraps around the great

black boulder on the Bali beach as it has

for millennia. The rock was wider, taller then

at creation. Perhaps a vast embankment

before the sea broke through and sanded it

roughly into the star of its sculpture garden.



About the Author: Expat New Yorker James Penha (he/him) has lived for the past three decades in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, his work is widely published in journals and anthologies. His newest chapbook of poems, American Daguerreotypes, is available for Kindle. His essays have appeared in The New York Daily News and The New York Times. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry. Twitter: @JamesPenha



 

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