Linda Benninghoff

Linda Benninghoff has published six chapbooks, one of them winning a prize at Kritya, in India. She has a full-length book coming out early next year.


The sea has its choirs,
lofty, piping, the brown-backed
cormorant winging over winter buoys
and white-crested waters.

Around the lonely lighthouse
gulls place themselves at the
wooden outhouse,
cry in what might
be speech—of faraway things,
of sear pain, of the joy
of diving.

The sea is full of song,
like church choirs,
and the birds keep
a tryst with heaven this Christmas
in the shining skies they touch.

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