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Ms. Rao's poetry was recently published in an anthology by the Sacramento Poetry Center.  Ms. Rao and other poets read from the anthology in 2012 at Sacramento City College.
She shares with you here a poem about the magical Suisun marsh, in the Sacramento Delta, an area she has called home for a decade.

Carquinez Strait
                                   

Train compartments swing wide as shore canters into view

Grasses steeped in brackish wine  

Expansive mirror of grey spiked with jagged wooden posts

Killdeer hover and dip on mud flats garnished with used tires

Men with puffy polyester jackets strategically inject fishing lines

Pacing or squatting on stacked, crumbling bricks of salmon

Ashy spires of concrete disgorge vapors from Rodeo refinery

Asphalt bedrock frames the interlaced pipelines

Charcoal Mount Diablo now redefines the valley

Tipsy with spring rain

Martinez falls away behind the bridge

Coot and mallard families coo among tulé and rush

Hunting lodges disappear

Sapphire Suisun hills are tinged with ochre

Where alluring oaks and baby mustard reach up to libertine red-wing blackbirds.


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