Flesh & Earth: Poems from the Left Coast

Asilomar Sand

Most coastal
dune sands
come from river sediment flowing
toward the ocean, then settling
on the beach.
But not at Asilomar.
Asilomar’s white, luxurious powder
comes from offshore rocks, Santa Lucia granodiorite —
quartz and feldspar —
our surf
batters and grinds rocks into fine white granules
that waves wash
up and onto us.



You can find Carolyn’s poems in the following publications:

West Marin Review, Volume 5 (2014)

Marin Poetry Anthology, Volumes 14-17 (2011-2014)

The Tower Journal, Spring/Summer 2014

Crack the Spine, June 2014

From Harm to Harmony edited by Joseph Zaccardi, Marin Poetry Center, 2015