Back Cut, A Poem Cycle in Two Voices
In felling a tree, the first cut determines the direction of fall. On that cut’s opposite and higher, the backcut is the first of the felling cuts. The labor varies with tree, axe or saw, and with the crew’s strength and smarts.
Told in two voices (husband and wife), these poems detail the ocean edge of Washington State after the forest’s big cut and last commercial razor clam digs when folks eked out a living on the failing supply of these natural resources.
This is a love story.