About the Feature

Photo by Patrik Tschudin

We could live in our books
but not completely so

the waves were one color
for you—completely red—

and another one for me—
say they were completely blue—

we circled—crossed—were
completed by those waves

we shouted out of car windows
uttered our incomplete goodbyes

see you later, Shifting Inlet
or whatever good friends say

who haven’t known each other long—
goodbye, Ethel Rackin, goodbye.


About the Author

Ethel Rackin is the author of The Forever Notes (Parlor Press, 2013); Go On (Parlor Press, 2016); and Evening (Furniture Press, 2017). Her poems, book reviews, and collaborations have appeared in journals such as the American Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, Jacket2, Kenyon Review, and Volt. She is an associate professor at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.