The Works of J.R. Solanche

J.R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. He is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions, 2015) and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books, 2002). He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

All Poems © J.R. Solanche



On the beach are stones of every color in the world.

The breakers that broke them are the ego of the island.


Look at your footprints in the wet sand, one in front of the other.

Each is a wink of lake, a negative island.


You are the stranger in the strangers’ photograph.

You are the one gazing out from her own island.


You hear the wind, the surf, the gulls.

Your eyes are closed on every island.


A lone cormorant dives in the ocean swells.

It says, “What is an island?”


Now it is night and the moon rises.

It is the chrome plated cliché of an island.


You lie awake staring at the moon.

What are continents, after all, except bigger islands?