PE - adolescence (draft)




Beach Town and August, Adolescence

Flotsam from a vessel sunk a half a century ago
Sunburned afternoons surveilled by the owner of the general store

Subtle as raccoons around a trash can as we sticky-fingered
Ads in black and white at the back of hot rod magazines

To glimpse the montes veneris of the models peddling
Shocks and mufflers in their bathing suits

The locals’ lives marooned there through the winters
The older brother’s t-shirt stars and bars and sleeves with cigarettes

He’d slingshot rocks at beachcombers, kick children’s
Pails full of bullheads back into the bay

And tossed me in along with them the day after the sister always
Lurking like the seagulls near the fish and chips stand on the pier

Hiked her dress behind the pilings to let me see
That nothing

But a stale breeze probed the clefts and sea moss as my pals
Above us wondered where we were

About the Author: Leland Seese began writing poetry after living for 50 years and wrestling with cancer. He is a social activist, pastor, and foster/adoptive/biological dad of six great children. He and his wife, Lisa Konick, live in Seattle. His poems have appeared in The East Bay Review, Pyrokinection, The Christian Century, and other journals.

Artwork: Paul Ebenkamp is author of The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015), “Four Colors for the Based God” (The Equalizer: Second Series, 2014), “Seizured in the Ease” (Mondo Bummer, 2013), and everything at, and is editor of a few books including Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (Counterpoint, 2014) and Particulars of Place by Richard O. Moore (Omnidawn, 2015). With Andrew Kenower he curates the Woolsey Heights reading series, and with strings and devices makes music as Position.