Guest artist: Lawrence Welsh

"a sea of glass (iii)" by almostsummersky

Sea Glass 

smoothed at shannon
or drogheda’s shore
it waltzes to dromineer
to show…

picker enables
knees on sand
an acute eye
to become
all jagged edge
and framed then
as an amulet
a bloodied necklace
a local’s score

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Lawrence Welsh first hitchhiked to New Mexico and Texas in 1989.  Five years later, he moved to El Paso, where he still lives. A first-generation Irish American and former award-winning journalist, Welsh has published eight books of poetry, including the new collection Begging for Vultures: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009 (University of New Mexico Press, 2011). A winner of the Bardsong Press Celtic Voice Writing Award in Poetry, Welsh is an associate professor of English at El Paso Community College.
 
Welsh’s Begging for Vultures book tour will include readings/signings at the Bill Rakocy Studio in El Paso (November 5), Barnes & Noble in El Paso (Eastside, November 12), Alamosa Books in Albuquerque (November 19) and the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe (with Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe, John Macker and Bruce Holsapple, November 20). For information about his appearances or for permission to reuse “Sea Glass,” contact the artist at lawrence [AT] lawrencewelsh [DOT] com.
 
Photo “a sea of sea glass (iii)” by almostsummersky is from Flicker.com and is used under a Creative Commons License.
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