South Fork of the Kings River

Larry Ruth

Old juniper, old artificer, blue berries,
gin and July, you’ve done this walk
once, twice, or a thousand times, now
walk out of the valley, on the granite
out of yourself, not one apart
from granite and gruss,
from the sound and flow,
stop at the tall pine, jeffreyi,
smell of the bark vanilla,
think about pie crusts, what else?
Cookies my mom used to make,
blue blazes, sunlight downstream,
stanzas of delphinium, towering
larkspur, little dolphins
leaping from the stem.

Noreen Rei Fukumori, Fuyu Kaki


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

    • Noreen Rei Fukumori   Fuyu Kaki
    • Julia Edith Rigby   Tomales Calf
    • Blair Fuller   Grand Central Station
    • J. C. Stock   Bird Standing on Water
    • Rick Lyttle   Unorganized Sports
    • Vicki DeArmon   A Mother’s No
    • Stephanie E. Dickinson   Emily and the Dynamite
    • Alvin Duskin   The Red Arrow
    • Elaine Elinson   Bringing the Grape Boycott to England
    • Rick Bass   The Prudent Man
    • Molly Katzman   When It Stops Raining We Sleep Beneath the Stars
    • Rosaleen Bertolino   The Burned Hill
    • G. David Miller   Our Family Farm
    • Claire Peaslee   Colophon
    • Jody Farrell   Ode to the First Blackberry of Summer
    • Keith Ekiss   Miss Maria’s New Dress
    • Pamela Manché Pearce   Ocean View, Hotel Nacional de Cuba
    • Anuja Mendiratta   Brasil Vignettes
    • Roy Mash   Revolving Sunglass Display
    • Hiroki Coyle   The Treasure
    • Gerardo Loza   Where I’m From
    • Heather Quinn   Mindspill: a Paradelle
    • Agnes Wolohan von Burkleo   Now I Am an Old Woman
    • Dave Seter   Mission Blues
    • Gina Cloud   night poem
    • Dale Pendell   Sunset
    • Larry Ruth   South Fork of the Kings River
    • Cathryn Shea   The Chill of Grace
    • Claire Blotter   California Wild Flower Tonic
    • Anna Gold   “Will You Miss This?”
    • Mary Winegarden   Untitled
    • Ashley Teodoro   Seal
    • Adam Shemper   On the Day of Our Engagement, Motel Inverness Boardwalk, Tomales Bay
    • Jenifer Kent   Wave and Transit
    • Mariana Smith   The Seed of an Idea
    • Nancy Stein   Wave 43
    • Rebecca Czapnik   So Little, So Much
    • Brooke Holve   mtlaugwalkcut_5
    • Sophia Dixon Dillo   Appearance I and Appearance III
    • Noreen Rei Fukumori   Backyard Fruit
    • Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman   Marine Study, Chimney Rock
    • Topaze “t.c.” Moore   Bestiary #1 and Quagga Stallion and Foal
    • Sherri Paul   The Treasure Hunter
    • Patricia Thomas   Fog
    • Anne Faught   URSA
    • Julia Edith Rigby   Tomales Calf
    • Jacqueline Mallegni   Haiku
    • Vincent Dion   Untitled #37
    • Sage Rossman   Two Trees
    • Shirley Salzman   Periodic Art of the Elements
    • Theodora Varnay Jones   CP-X
    • Susan Putnam   Untitled #244
    • Eileen Puppo   Seasonal Shock
    • Wendy Schwartz   Rich Readimix
    • Bob Kubik   Morning Coffee
    • Adah Pinchuk Hyman   Estero in Blue and Tomales Bay, Low Tide
    • Kathleen Goodwin   Homage to the Half Tree
    • Andrew Thompson   Warning: Bees
    • Charles Eckart   View from the Bicycle
    • Caitlin McCaffrey   Domed Nest with Pantry Chambers
    • Catherine J. Richardson   Caspian
    • D. L. Woerner   Joan’s Falcon
    • Lisa Piazza   Leaf #3
    • Lorraine Almeida   Growth in the Desert
    • Isis Hockenos   We, the Milked III
    • Jon Langdon   Asters in Starlight
    • Thomas D. Joseph   Tennessee Valley Beach
    • Mark Ropers   Point Lobos