30 January 2008 | Vol. 7, No. 4

Postcard from a Nude Beach

The beach is naked. No sand. No pebbles. No shale. No stones.

The waves, as if they were ashamed, roll up to it tentatively, and just before they reach the shore, they turn back.

Above, seeming to hang in the wind like mobiles, the skeletons of three gulls.

It is said that if you should fall asleep on this beach you'd wake up in your dream and stay there.

About the author:

Richard Garcia's poems have recently appeared in the Georgia Review, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, and Ploughshares. He is the recipient of a Pushcart prize and has a poem in Best American Poetry 2005. His new volume of poetry, The Persistence of Objects, came out from BOA, October 2006.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Richard Garcia at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 7, No. 4, where "Postcard from a Nude Beach" ran on January 30, 2008. List other work with these same labels: poetry, prose poem.

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