Erica Wright
| poetry


Sea levels rise and we regret our skins,

how they blister as much from cold

as from heat. As if the point is mediocrity—

that soft, shifting middle ground.

And we can make this shore lonely enough

for the troubled, make this coastline compete

with memory, the way we remember the undertow

because we’ve felt its pull, the draw of destruction—

the quiet, complete victory of tides.

Erica Wright is the Poetry Editor at Guernica Magazine. Her most recent collection of poems is All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned (Black Lawrence Press).

To Get to the Other Side
Residual Storm Surge