Lia Cook, Binary Traces Young Girl

Volume 9

Based in coastal California, this journal is influenced by the natural beauty of the land and water, and the surrounding agricultural lands and open space. Prose, poetry, and art come from contributors near and far, young and old, across the globe. Volume 9 features an extraordinary range, from poet Forrest Gander’s translation of María Baranda’s “Dylan and the Whales,” to artist Jon Ching with his bizarre and beautiful “Indestructible.”

Jane Zich, Running Deer

Never have I touched the sea or its insubstantial skin which embroiders the sacred.

– María Baranda, from “Dylan and the Whales,” Translated by Forrest Gander (excerpt)
Mimi Robinson, Yurt camp at Lake Issey-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Yurts

Mimi Robinson

Indigenous Artisan Communities

Located in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan has been well known since the times of the legendary Silk Road for the temporary yurt camps that nomads set up during summer months at the base of the Tien Shan mountains.

As if out walking I’m reading the book you sent.

I follow where the pages go

then start to wander.

– Wayne Hill, “The book about walking” (excerpt)
Amanda J. Sanow, Red Hill (detail)

One spring day in fourth grade

I saw a mob of kids in the schoolyard

hitting a boy to the ground.
His name was Alan.

– Regina O’Melveny, “The Bird” (excerpt)
Julia Lucey, The Bear and the Bees

Chuck Lang Kicks Ass

L. L. Babb

Chuck Lang and I are sitting on the beach when we both notice the car pull in next to his Honda on the bluff overlooking the cove. Chuck is up on one knee orating about the prospect of our future together … though I wish he’d picked a nice restaurant at a reasonable hour instead of midnight on the beach.

Carol Whitman, High Tide at White House Pool

Lia Cook, Binary Traces Young Girl


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

    • Lia Cook   Binary Traces Young Girl
    • Carol Whitman   High Tide at White House Pool
    • Muriel Murch   Farming the Flats
    • James Misner   Three Short Stories
    • Rick Lyttle   Harry Truman and Me
    • L. L. Babb   Chuck Lange Kicks Ass
    • Linda Gebroe   A Play in Four Pitches
    • Barbara Heenan   Grabbed by the Pussy
    • Lina Jane Prairie   Kelp Work
    • Morgan McDonald   Mobile
    • Elizabeth Wing   The Plankton Expedition
    • G. David Miller   Mad Dogs and Americans
    • Reeva Harrison   In Pursuit of Thingness
    • J. C. Stock   Mountain Bliss
    • Nancy Cavers Dougherty   Inversion
    • Amy Elizabeth Robinson   Reading Michael Meade’s Why the World Doesn’t End…
    • Jorge Bravo   The Universe
    • María Baranda   From Dylan and the Whales Translated by Forrest Gander
    • Mary Winegarden   Long Marriage
    • Derveaux Baker   Second Chances
    • Jon Langdon   When It Counts
    • Regina O’Melveny   The Bird
    • Claire Millikin   Christian Girl
    • Rebecca Foust   all this beauty
    • Jim Nawrocki   On Reading The Encyclopedia of Creation Myths
    • Wayne Hill   The book about walking
    • Luis Lenz-Fontan   Life
    • Barbara Swift Brauer   Fog / Trees Returning
    • Sarah Anna Paden   Hoshigaki
    • Stephen Ajay   Windless and By Our Own Hands
    • Kathleen Evans   Crossing the Line
    • Brian C. Felder   Cold Calculus
    • David Swain   Border Crossing
    • Elizabeth Wing   Pierce Point
    • Lia Cook   Binary Traces Young Girl
    • Emely Garcia-DeLeon   Point Reyes Seashore
    • Wendy Goldberg   Inside Out and Early Spring Clearing
    • Charles Robinson   Granddaughter Isabel Robinson
    • Thomas Wood   Tomales Bay at Chicken Ranch Beach
    • Torrey Baron   Shadows
    • Julia Lucey   The Bear and the Bees
    • Jennifer Thompson   Can’t Face It
    • Abbey Wenk   My Happy Place
    • Pam Fabry   Blue
    • Patricia Thomas   Negative Dark Matter
    • Bear Lombard   Our School Fox
    • Stella Bailey   White Horse
    • Dana Hooper   Jigsaw
    • Anne Hudes   Dolphin Light
    • Mimi Robinson   Kyrgyzstan Yurts
    • Barbara Lawrence   Point Reyes Lunch
    • Danae Mattes   Horizon and Harbor
    • Betsy Kellas   Invocation and Barriers and Boundaries 3
    • Vi Strain   Moments of Natural Beauty
    • Amanda J. Sanow   Red Hill
    • Jo Margolis   Grid with Calligraphic Frame
    • Kate Kozubik   Red Tree with Bird
    • Glenn Carter   Knot
    • Marianne Reger   Bouquet
    • Marsha Balian   A Day at the Races
    • Gene Crowe   Purse, SF MOMA
    • Jane Zich   Running Deer
    • Alex Farnum   Kelp Work
    • Anne Faught   Pages from a Life
    • Jon Ching   Indestructible
    • Eleykaa Tully   Hope
    • Laurence Brauer   Fog, Trees, Mt. Wittenberg Trail
    • Jean Warren   Coming Together
    • Caitlin McCaffrey   The Claw Family
    • Amanda Tomlin   Bees
    • Harriet Kossman   Mabel, Cleo, and Peter: Morning Meeting on Pamela’s Deck
    • Sherrie Lovler   Inspiration
    • Barbara Treichler Gregor   California Pipevine Swallowtail
    • Mark Ropers   A New Day
    • Carol Whitman   High Tide at White House Pool