I came here nearly forty years ago,
broke and half broken, having chosen
the mud, the dirt road, alder pollen and
a hundred avenues of gray across the sky
to be my teachers and my muses.
I chose a temple made of words and made a vow.
Image above (and on front-page mastheads): “Thanksgiving River” by Scott Fisher.
Sam Hamill is the founding editor of Copper Canyon Press.