There is no way to separate a book published by 3: A Taos Press from its evocative layout. In this case, Carlson, Reed, and Dibella Seluja’s poetry collection, We Are Meant to Carry Water, takes for its cover image a sculpture by Lene Kilde, “The Nutmeg Princess,” part of The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park near Grenada.
I am fine by daylight. Nighttime / brings the raccoons’ nest / / ripped from its high wedge
I’ve been baptized in the blood / of the lamb, and again, in the blood / of lambs. I keep both eyes open, / / pray while keeping track of my own.
"Indoors, each one dwells, indeed, / feeding on the all-knowing glowing, blue- /
light glazed, dazed, unmoving . . .
I would send / / the song welling in the bird, but keep / the seam of gold silent / / in its earthen bed.
I do not need the once a week passing of the peace, preferring / the wheat smell of my dog’s paws or daily nods to strangers / passing.