A Hundred Avenues


I came here nearly forty years ago,

broke and half broken, having chosen

the mud, the dirt road, alder pollen and

a hundred avenues of gray across the sky

to be my teachers and my muses.

I chose a temple made of words and made a vow.

Image above (and on front-page mastheads): “Thanksgiving River” by Scott Fisher.

Words above: from “of cascadia” by Sam Hamill. Read the complete “of cascadia” here.

Sam Hamill is the founding editor of Copper Canyon Press.

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