September, Inverness

Robert Hass

Tomales Bay is flat blue in the Indian summer heat.
This is the time when hikers on Inverness Ridge
Stand on tiptoe to pick ripe huckleberries
That the deer can’t reach. This is the season of lulls—
Egrets hunting in the tidal shallows, a ribbon
Of sandpipers fluttering over mudflats, white,
Then not. A drift of mist wisping off the bay.
This is the moment when bliss is what you glimpse
From the corner of your eye, as you drive past
Running errands, and the wind comes up,
And the surface of the water glitters hard against it.

Thomas Heinser, Jersey Heifer


Many talented individuals are featured in the West Marin Review. Please click below for this volume’s contributors.

  • Cover
    • Thomas Heinser   Jersey Heifer
  • Prose
    • David Miller   Wallace Stegner, West Marin, and the Geography of Hope
    • Claire Peaslee   Plunge
    • Jules Evens   Lightness of Being
    • Michael Parmeley   Tea Time
    • Nancy Kelly   Seasons
    • Dewey Livingston   M.B.Boissevain, Farm Advisor, 1924–1933
    • Mark Dowie   The Fiction of Wilderness
    • Jody Farrell   Picnic in the Park
    • Doris Ober   Owl Out of Heaven
    • Sage Van Wing   Brothers At Arms
    • Steve Heilig   Secret Vacation
    • Tucker Malarkey   Eating the Environment
    • Elisabeth Ptak   Bishop Pine
  • Poetry
    • Larry Hampton   Untitled (A salmon hears)
    • Robert Hass   September, Inverness
    • Barbara Swift Brauer   Changing Forecast
    • John Korty   The Rules of Composition
    • Nancy Bertelsen   Graffiti Bridge
    • Devi Weisenberg   Elders at Shell Beach
    • Samonti Smith   Advertisement
    • Talyha Romo   Untitled (I am from the trophies)
    • Natalie Goldberg   For M.H.; Poem
    • Agnes Wolohan Smuda von Burkleo    Blackberry Pie II
  • Art + Artifact
    • Jack Welpott   North Coast
    • Steve Pring   Swimming in Tomales Bay
    • Cheryl Higgins   Redwing
    • Todd Pickering   Limantour Beach Sand
    • Nancy Stein   Wave #8
    • Susan Hall   Bay Fishing
    • Marna Clarke   Madrone #29
    • Silas Blunk   Untitled Works
    • Dan McCormick   Restorative Art on Olema Creek
    • Wendy Schwartz   Wood Shop, Route One
    • Marty Knapp   Blue Oak Group; Hillside Oaks
    • Igor Sasevitch   Adios Point Reyes Station
    • Andrew Romanoff   Diving Bird
    • Artists in the Schools Program   The Watershed Project
    • Patrick Gavin Duffy   Steep Ravine Cabin #4
    • Jack Wellpot   Requiem for Wendy
    • Inez Storer   Highway 101, L.A. Postcard
    • Leslie Goldberg   Caution
  • Music
    • Joyce Kouffman   Winter Reverie