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Gwen Head

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Gwen Head

Gwen Head is the author of Fire Shadows (Louisiana State University Press, 2001), Frequencies: A Gamut of Poems (University of Utah Press, 1992), The Ten Thousandth Night (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1979), and Special Effects (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1976). She lives in California.

by this poet


(and her daughter)

I hate the sea. I've always hated water 
even as a baby, even in my bath,
or so my mama says. She likes it, herself. 
She goes in the sea like a mermaid, and comes out 
a monster, rubber fins slimy with eelgrass. 
The beach boys watch her. They're supposed to watch 
me, but I don't