Any migration is forced

Poetry, fiction, and musings by Sara Comito

Reviewing “Show Her A Flower, A Bird, A Shadow” by Peg Alford Pursell

Jonathan Cardew kindly invited me to review Peg Alford Pursell’s collection, Show Her A Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (WTAW Press, 2017) for the Microviews feature of Bending Genres, the energetic and quirky journal/workshop/retreat enterprise run by dear friends Robert Vaughan and Meg Tuite.

It was an honor to engage so intimately with Peg’s beautiful book – and a challenge to crystallize my impressions within 100-300 words of blog real estate. You can read my tiny review here.

Two at MockingHeart Review

To negate the stagnant energy the wet season, this Southwest Florida poet has two exceedingly arid pieces now published at MockingHeart Review. Rain, rain, go away! I’ll dedicate these to Louisiana with love, where the beautiful journal is presented by Clare L. Martin with her team of dedicated folks. Even before potentially reaching hurricane status in the upper Gulf Coast, I say, Gordon can go ahead and get lost.

Texas radio, 1971

The desert does things to you: there was music, and the shadow of a man, and maybe a little madness. Thank you, Michael Dwayne Smith and the wonderful people at Mojave River Review for publishing my poem Texas radio, 1971 in the latest issue. Please have a read. This magazine is BIG and beautiful! I also need to give props to American Poet Jim Morrison. You’ll see what I mean.

The germ suspended

Thank you to Bending Genres for publishing my ekphrastic piece, The germ suspended. This poem grew from a workshop at the Bending Genres Synergia Ranch retreat this spring in beautiful New Mexico. Thank you, Meg Tuite and Robert Vaughan. Such great friends and mentors.

If you enjoy this piece, afterwards you can view the “germ” of inspiration in the painting “Elective Affinities” and read about Rene Magritte’s very different interpretation of his own work.

Buried – Sara Comito

Foxglove Journal

You can get a horse as soon

as you get a backhoe big

enough to bury it, Momma

told her. Likewise, she didn’t

have the smarts to bother

with college.

Down the pier a sailor smoked

and mended his net. Feeling her

stare, he pegged her for

lonely, took her out to sea.

Momma didn’t get a husband

til she had a big enough knife.

The net was big enough for this

new catch, but – Momma

will be missing me.

His face cracked with years

of salt like those sore, handknitted

knots. Swells made false islands

of horizon. Seven miles and you

lose the land, he says.

The distance she can’t

make sense of. It folds itself

into a wave she could ride

all the way back there and bury

everything. But she can’t


Is it big enough?

Bio photoSara Comito is a writer living in Fort Myers. Her…

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Versed in Florida

I am a poet, and I live in Florida. The Fort Myers NPR affiliate, WGCU Public Media, decided to feature me as the Florida poet of the month for March. I had a cold. Turns out I sound a little sultry with a cold. I hope you enjoy the interview, which has been posted in four segments:

Many thanks for Mad Hatter’s Review for originally publishing “All drains lead to the sea,” which I read in the first segment.

Ramshackle Review graciously published “Listing,” featured in the second segment.

I’m grateful to Blue Fifth Review for publishing “The smell of honey,” from the third segment.

Thank you, The Anemone Sidecar, for publishing “Florida dreams of Peru,” which I read in the final segment.