Beach Town at the End of Summer

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April 2, 2023 by The Citron Review

by Peter Krumbach


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Peter Krumbach lives and writes in Southern California. His new collection Degrees of Romance, the winner of the 2022 Antivenom Poetry Award, will be published by Elixir Press in 2023. His most recent work appears in Denver Quarterly, Passages North and Washington Square Review.



For text readers: Prose Image above in block text states:

Beach Town at the End of Summer
Hallelujah for the wind. Hallelujah for the gulls.
For the vacant, greyed out shore, the breakers
getting rough. For the old man with a pail
picking syringe needles from the sand.
Hallelujah for the slippery now, for perception’s
controlled hallucination. There’s always time
for thinking, but not now. Let the head delight
in emptiness and fizz, in the dusk at the far end
of the pier, where someone in a pink coat walks
on their knees, arms wild above the hat,
signaling ships we cannot see.


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