Triptych: On Cinematic Waves, by Karla Linn Merrifield

Triptych: On Cinematic Waves
by Karla Linn Merrifield


This is the voyage
of movie songs
of jigs and reels
–oh, and of waltzes
of blues and bar stools
of parallel soundtracks
of Bach and Brubeck—
of your tempo’s desire.


This is of North Atlantic voyaging
of USA and Canada
of international waters betwixt
of British Empire born to independence
of Boston port, 4th of July
of an entire movie plot walking by
of 1st Lt. O’Malley, his “breast salad”
of four wars: WWII to Desert I.


This is to be a voyageur again
of meta-documentary subject matter
of chart and shoal in minute/second parts
of another longitude of longing
of northern latitudes
of surprise and wonder
of the quintessential video du jour
of this truth: I am the movie.

Karla Linn Merrifield has had 1000+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 15 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. Her newest poetry collection, My Body the Guitar, recently nominated for the National Book Award, was inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars and published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY). She is a frequent contributor to The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Web site:; blog at; Tweet @LinnMerrifiel;


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