Sea Words | Crystal Gibbins

$ 7.00


dancing girl press, 2013

 Crystal S. Gibbins is the editor of Split Rock Review and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her poetry, illustrations, collaborations, and reviews have appeared in several journals, including Cincinnati Review, dislocate, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Free Verse, Prairie Schooner, and Word For/ Word. Crystal is from northern Minnesota.


You were a turnstile, then a brick.
A winter of blizzards, a suitcase,

a morning spent trying to open
a window, a fist.

You were never an island,
despite what you dreamt.

Not a hook, a net.
Nothing but

birdless wings, turbulence, baggage
hold unlit when the door closed.

You were a ship
between the brink of capsize & basking.

You said, the sail’s left down,
He said, leave it down.

The salt you could taste.