C. R. Manley

Bellevue, Washington

C. R. Manley grew up in Pennsylvania and moved steadily westward while earning several geology degrees. He has published research articles, poetry and prose poetry, haiku, fiction, and creative nonfiction in scientific and literary journals such as American Mineralogist, Bulletin of Volcanology, Frogpond, Isotope, Paragraph, Pontoon, Quick Fiction, South Dakota Review, Windfall, and Wisteria. He lives with his wife and daughter in Bellevue, Washington—far enough from Mt. Rainier as to be out of harm’s way.

turning tide—

placing intact clams

back in the water

after my cough—

the cat's eyes

slowly closing


open a crack—

the cat's nose

watching the garden

quiet into darkness—

everyone else shopping