Academic journal article The Hudson Review

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'Sconset, Nantucket

It is the edge of the beginning, the sun-spattered sweep

Of the Atlantic, its salt breath levitating you each

Time you pause at a vantage point on the bluff.

The village cottages, boxed in cedar-shingle fringes

Buffed to gray, are centuries old. All have names-

Auld Lang Syne, House of Lords-and sprout hedges

Of hydrangeas, masses of blue globes, perky petaled breasts

Aloof to their allure. At sunrise, seals arc like tubby

Dolphins, nuzzle heads together, flippers slapping high-fives

Close to shore. The ocean enfolds you, ever breathing

In your ear. And who is to say you cannot own

This place, that it cannot own you? The houses sit

So near their neighbors. Sound carries-a baby's shout,

A bicycle crunching against the crushed shells of the lane-

But never drowns out the churn of the surf, the wind as

It sifts through spiky beach grass and Rosa rugosa. …

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