The Tower Journal

Carolyn Rice

Hobo Flotilla

The Hobo Flotilla, its numbers falling fast—
is an intentional community
surreal at the edge

as it inches away
from the Pacific Plate Inverness.

Christmas ornament shops and overpriced ice

caricatures of hot-tubbing philosophers L  E  N  G  T  H  E  N
the road to our West:

Elephant Mountain
Chimney Rock
Hog Island and
Drake’s Bay.

Legacy Zone

Legacy zones, the lands
that support unique, irreplaceable


of natural biological diversity host
plant types, high biological value.

In the zone
plants threatened, endangered, or rare—
wetlands and selected upland vegetation types—
redwood forests, serpentine grasslands, and chaparral:
natural resources sanctuary.

It could be lost


from Marin
the world.


“Chum” is a term for a kind of salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) native to the northern Pacific and adjacent

past Point Conception
we lost our pools, our woody debris

shallow waters, coastal lagoons, freshwater flooded canals

disconnected from the marine

a fragmented habitat

submerged overhanging woods, log jams
rocks and boulders, side channels
and the undercut banks: refugia

Pajaro and Salinas
Pismo, San Luis Obispo, the Arroyo Grande—
aggies in the basins too big
too much
for chummy riverside homes

A Strange Paradise

nudists, surfers
dwell in paradise.

From the sea-squatting divorced
to artists, idealists—
fighting the conservative urge
to stifle our last free anchorage.

Cassady, Kerouac—
Swinging ’60s Sausalito
home now to tension—
California freedoms and tourist cash.

Copyright © 2014 Carolyn Rice

Carolyn RiceCarolyn Rice is an archaeologist, activist and poet who has taught art and creativity extension courses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems have been published in a number of Marin Poetry Center anthologies, City on a Hill Press, and will appear in the upcoming West Marin Review. Having obtained an MA from San Francisco State University and a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, she has worked in cultural resources management for almost 30 years. She owns and manages an archaeological consulting company, and lives with her husband and son in Tiburon, California.

The Tower Journal
Spring/Summer 2014