Karla Linn Merrifield          
jib  jib  jib, stays’l
royal topgallant tops’l tops’l
forecourse stays’l stays’l
stays’l stays’l
royal topgallant tops’l tops’l mains’l
stays’l stays’l stays’l
royal topgallant tops’l tops’l
mizzen stays’l tops’l
gaff spanker


A nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, KARLA LINN MERRIFIELD has had over 500 poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has eleven books to her credit, the newest of which are Lithic Scatter and Other Poems (Mercury Heartlink) and Attaining Canopy: Amazon Poems (FootHills Publishing). Forthcoming from FootHills is Bunchberries, More Poems of Canada, a sequel to Godwit: Poems of Canada (FootHills), which received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. She is assistant editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye (, a member of the board of directors of Just Poets (Rochester, NY), and a member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, the Florida State Poetry Society and TallGrass Writers Guild. Visit her blog, Vagabond Poet, at