Book Review: Diary of the One Swelling Sea by Jill McCabe Johnson

Living on Orcas Island, Jill McCabe Johnson is a close neighbor to the sea. In her briny poems, she takes us even closer–letting us read the sea’s diary. From sea ground to surface, we see the intimate, inside story. Careful observation, precise research, musical phrasing, and active imagining surge through these poems. Ninety-five percent of earth’s oceans remain unexplored. What better metaphor for the vast mysteries of our existence–the constant change, the contamination, the resurgence, the essence of life and death. In these elegant poems, forces huge as magma shove up and forces delicate as brittle stars taste changes in sea water. Marvelous.
– Peggy Shumaker
Author of Gnawed Bones and Just Breathe Normally

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s obvious that the author of these poems lives near the sea. They bring the ocean and its occupants alive with vivid descriptions. The poems are short and at first, I didn’t think I was going to like them but they build on each other. 

A wonderful book of descriptive poems about the sea. One of my favorites:




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