Morning, River Camp – Chris Hoffman

Morning, River Camp

(Desolations and Gray Canyons, Green River)

It is early yet—the hour of the gray dawn.
All night we have slept on the smooth thigh of the sand.
Our first waking breath is of air scrubbed
clean by sage and sun, tamarisks and swift water.
Just upstream, the rapids
are still scouring the silence. The river
continues its long, gathering slide.

In the gray dawn the river is dull
as are the canyon walls, while the high gap
of sky floods with luminous blue.
A bird proclaims itself; and then another.
Rising sunlight slants slowly down cliffs
of ancient lakebed sediment, kindling colors on its way—
tawny rock with horizontal bands of reddish brown,
then talus slopes verdigris with sagebrush,
tufted with juniper green. The river’s ripples
play with light now, pushing polished patches
of blue sky, roan cliff, and green-leafed cottonwood.

What a good thing it is to wake every day,
and how soon our minds are ordinarily clouded.
Here, like brother canyon wren and sister whipsnake,
we always awaken to the first day. This earth
opens the shutters of our inner house
so the one who is always present
can flow through us into the world.


Chris Hoffman is a poet and ecopsychologist living and working in Boulder, CO. His book, Realization Point, was published by Poetic Matrix Press in 2011.

Bells – Raphael Block


No bells ringing
no incense burning
no one but you.

No spoken sounds
no embracing arms
no one else but you.

Inner voices buzzing
deepening breathing
you’re coming to you.

With or without stilling
something is flowing.

You’re entering
a cavern resounding
of echoes beyond.

What will you bring
when you return?

Figments of darkness
bursts of light?

Or, perhaps
just you
hewed a little larger?

Raphael Block is a poet living just outside of beautiful Sebastopol, California, north of San Francisco. His book, Spangling Darkness, is being published as part of our Spring 2013 Season of Poetry.

New from Poetic Matrix Press by John Peterson

Welcome to our new blog, Poet’s Comments into the World.  Continuing the on-going commentary by poets and others on poetry, contemporary culture and the world.  James Downs, Associate Editor, proposed this for poets and readers of poetry to have a place to enter into discussion.  James will continue editing this blog and we welcome your comments, ideas, critique etc.  For poetry submission please see our submission page.  This blog is for an on-going conversation, we welcome your input.

Welcome from John Peterson, Publisher

Welcome to our new re-visioned website and this our latest version of our poetry journal.  We started this in the late 90s as an occasional mail-out newsletter, changed to a twice yearly on-line version in the mid 2000s and now we change again to a blog format that will allow us to updated it with new poetry weekly, and even daily, as new pieces come in.  This format will also allow us to archive, on-line, all the work that we post forever, thus the Forever Journal.  Come back again and again, check out the new work and look over all the work that has been posted.  Poetry is our gift to the world as it is the poets and you, the reader.