Although the idea of The American Aesthetic was conceived nearly 35 years ago, it was not until
a poem titled "Interfaces" appeared in Oxford's Balliol College Annual Record in 2013 that a decision was made to finally launch this poetry journal. After decades of witnessing the decline
of contemporary English-language poetry in America and abroad, this editor viewed Des Clark-Walker's new poem as a reason to hope that there might be others of similar quality out there, awaiting discovery. (The Editor)
Restless ocean, wind over, gusty
splashy-crested swells, white wavering
free falling foam then, upwelling.
Reflecting sea, a molten mirror
breeze enlivened, sparkling, light leaping
and flash dancing to the horizon.
Resisting land, eroding, tidal
flooding, wet ebbing, slow thrumming surf
a turbulent three-phase contact zone.
"Interfaces" appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of The American Aesthetic.
First appearance in Balliol College's Annual Record, 2013.
Biographical information, favorite public domain poem.