Shark Reef is a local online literary journal, part of the Writers Guild on Lopez Island. I was especially excited that my piece made it in for two reasons.
The first is, I’ve heard that Shark Reef is difficult to get into, that they’re pretty choosy with what they publish, so it felt pretty good to get in.
The second reason is, this piece is in some ways, highly inappropriate. I’m still sort of stunned anyone agreed to publish it. I was at that artist residency a few weeks ago, and during the last night there, we all shared something with the group, and I read parts of this chapter and laughed so hard tears were pouring down my face, but other parts of it are pretty sad. I like mixing the two.
Anyway, less talk, more rock.
Here’s the piece:
Warding Off Eclipses in Shark Reef.
“What I Know Now” – Dog’s Eye View – from the album Happy Nowhere, an album I absolutely adore. It has sentimental meaning to me. The first time I met my friend BlueShine, almost 8 years ago, she wanted me to get this album so she gave me this thing she had typed up with a list of all the songs, and some commentary on each of them and what they meant to her, and snippets of her favorite lyrical passages. I always thought of that as one of the COOLEST gifts anyone ever gave me, a little roadmap of how an album touched her. It doesn’t hurt that there are some really great lyrics on this CD, so there were a lot of lines and turns of phrases just waiting to be written about.