Jenn Hall

Pidgeonholes: Names on a Map

On New Jersey’s aquaculture maps, unfamiliar names shimmer. I am a land dweller, of the shore but not, like a sea glass shard laid across hot sand. City born but relocated, I’m composed of raw edges.

I peer close, then closer, but the labels remain obscure:

Dry Bay.
Obes Thorofare.
Tices Shoal.
Graveling Point.

Unfazed by my interest, the waters lap the shores of hidden inlets, flowing constant in a tongue unknown.

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Art: Matt Hardy

Published August 7, 2020

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