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January 24, 2017

Sea Garden

Rosamond S. King

About This Poem


“When I heard that dead man’s fingers is the name of a type of coral, it seemed appropriate, since so many people perished in the ocean during the Transatlantic slave trade. ‘Sea Garden’ suggests that if you dive into the ocean, you will see beautiful and scary natural objects—some living, and some remnants of the dead.”
—Rosamond S. King


Rosamond S. King is the author of Rock | Salt | Stone (Nightboat Books, 2017). King teaches at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Photo credit: Irene Fedorovska

Poetry by King


Rock | Salt | Stone

(Nightboat Books, 2017)

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"Larrea" by Louise Mathias


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