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Gull’s Eye View

by Kate Woodville


For a long time

I saw myself washed up

on the beach,

tangled in driftwood,

bare branches

and Coca-Cola bottles,

rusty cans, face down,

spread-eagled in the hot sand,

lulled by the soft slap of the water,

ripped through the belly

by the swooping shrieking gulls.


“Kafka-esque,” he said,

taking my hand,

leading me up the California

carpeted stairs

into the dusty bare sea view room.


Papers, everywhere.

“My filing system,”

he said, pulling me smoothly,

no resistance, into the narrow hall.

Past a bathroom door,

half open, dirty floor,

past a room with mirrors,

barbells, weights, exercise machines,

into the bedroom, unmade bed,

patched with patterns of dark blood.


I thought, fascinated.

“Cut my foot on the beach,” he said.

I did not believe him.



I wanted to join the old drunk men

who lie asleep, clutching their bundles

in the sun.


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Kate Woodville was a film and television actress for many years, obtaining cult status for her role as Queen Natira on Star Trek’s classic “For The World Is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky.” A member of the Actor’s Studio, she studied under Lee Strasberg. These days she spends her time writing, painting, riding and playing with her dogs. She lives in the outskirts of Portland, OR, making mischief on all fronts.




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by Barry Spacks

Let’s admire the homesettlers,
how they floss twice daily,
live happily ever after.

And speaking of those to admire
there’s only one dazzled guy in my class
with 13 high-hearted maidens.

Is it okay to love the ardent young?
rapt girl with missing fur cuff on one sleeve,

Roshi’s answer:

“love, and do no harm.”
“In fact, do good.”

How foolish it seems, much of life,
scatter-brained or brainless…
how precious, acts of sweetness.


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Barry Spacks is the First Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, California. The author of nine poetry collections (most extensive: SPACKS STREET: NEW & SELECTED POEMS,) with poems in 18 anthologies, he is the winner of The Commonwealth Club of California’s Poetry Medal, the Cherry Grove Collections Prize and St. Botolph’s Arts Award. A man of many hats, he is also a singer-songwriter, actor and Literature professor, plus the Senior Vajrayana (Tibetan Buddhism) student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. For more details, and to follow his blog, Poetry Matters, go to www.barryspacks.net


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