Coastal Waters Near Seattle


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The often rugged coastlines of the Pacific Northwest create many places decidedly “Northwest†in flavor, and visiting coastal places is part of the experience of living here. Some say coastal areas are “the last wilderness.†As “edges†between sea and land, tidal zones offer homes to as much as forty percent of all living organisms. And beaches attract people for recreation, for relaxation, for spiritual renewal, and for escape from routine. They are places of transformation in our lives, just as they are continually transforming themselves through tides, storms, erosion, accretion, and even the occasional shipwreck. Northwest coastal places offer rich opportunities for poetry. However, some knowledge of the place is necessary for a poem to skirt clichÃ, and certain approaches are more rewarding than others. The people along the sand All turn and look one way. They turn their back on the land. They look at the sea all day.