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Forrest Hamer

Forrest Hamer is the author of Rift (Four Way Books, 2007); Middle Ear (Roundhouse Press, 2000), winner of the Northern California Book Award; and Call and Response (Alice James Books, 1995), winner of the 1995 Beatrice Hawley Award. He lives in Oakland, California.

By This Poet



         And I said to him, we are continuous, 
And whatever the self is, it is never 
As we would consider, so I don’t believe the possibility
Of speaking too much of it; and he says to me, 
Continuous, exactly, with what?

What about the body: something is always pulling at it
—gravity, responsibility, the life after this one.

My siblings and I don’t speak to each other
As much as we used to.  When one of us calls, we talk 
About the care of our father, our aunts, and then
We talk about the children.  In the pauses, we acknowledge
How different from each other we’ve become, 
And each of us somehow considers how much
We miss the way things briefly were.