Synkroniciti is delighted to welcome back poet and writer Sara McAulay, who won our spring poetry contest with “In the beginning,” an indictment of human indifference for our Earth, the only home we have ever known, in the face of climate change. We are also featuring two more poems: “Long Ride,” about socialization and how, from a young age, we band together to ostracize those who don’t fit in, and “Chesapeake,” which takes delight in the wildness of the sea, hinting at the wildness which is present in all of us. Sara’s work chips at the thin veneer of civilization and questions its sustainability, especially when it keeps us from taking the more practical and the more empathetic course of action. Her forms are energetic and vibrant, with a visual element that often catches us off-guard while the powerful rhythm, alliteration and assonance beg to be read out loud. Full of waves and holes, these poems draw us in masterfully.
Experience Sara’s captivating poetry in the new issue of Synkroniciti, “Flow.” You can subscribe or purchase the issue here: https://synkroniciti.com/the-magazine/.
Sara McAulay is the author of three novels and numerous works of short fiction (Black Warrior Review, California Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, ZYZZYVA, among others). She received NEA and NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships in prose. She has recently turned to poetry and flash, with work published or forthcoming in Bending Genres, Hole in the Head Review, Pine Row, Rise Up Review, Stone Poetry Review, among others. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with the world’s smartest and most beautiful Australian Shepherd dog.
Here is “high wire” by Sara McAulay, one of two of her poems from Synkroniciti’s “Birds” issue, Vol 3, No 3. You can find that issue here. Look for the beach art cover by Ariel Neo and Jben.