POETRY
Pangea
Mathieu Cailler
Writer of the Month

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

You sometimes wonder about
Pangea, the supercontinent
that existed 300 million years
ago. Can you imagine all seven
continents mashed together? 
And only one ocean, the
Panthalassa, to encase us all?
You sometimes wonder
if we’re all just islands
now, a clunky
archipelago,
distant stars of the same
constellation. If continental
drifts and shifts
and quakes and rifts
shattered the puzzle
eras ago, can they
someday bind
our borders, 
forests, rivers, 
and ranges? 
Can we ever
be pressed
back together
again?

*Pangea first appeared in a chapbook titled Clotheslines


Mathieu Cailler’s poetry and prose have been widely featured in numerous national and international publications, including the Los Angeles Times and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he is the recipient of a Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction and a Shakespeare Award for Poetry. He is the author of Clotheslines (Red Bird Press), Shhh (ELJ Publications), and Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press), which has been honored by the Hollywood, New York, London, Paris, Best Book, and International Book Awards. His poetry collection, May I Have This Dance? (Black Magic Media), is slated for publication in December of 2017.