Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater

Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater cover

A bilingual collection of haiku in French and English

Memories of growing up on the Oregon coast

Publisher: Red Moon Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Price: $12.00
No. of pages: 82
Format: paperback
Dimensions: 4.25" x 6.5"
ISBN: 978-1-936848-73-7

"The haiku of Where Salt Water Mixes with Freshwater highlight often overlooked details that force the reader to take note of the quiet beauty in observation. It takes me back to younger days on the Oregon Coast." —Michelle Faust, journalist

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Questions and Answers

Why did you write the haikus in French?

I wanted to write about where I grew up in French, so that French readers could discover the Oregon coast: its beauty, plants, wildlife, weather, and history.

Why did you translate them into English?

So that my friends and family back home could read them too.

What motivated you to write this book?

I've been living in France since 2003 and each time I visit my hometown, I'm always struck by its character and surrounding landscapes. I wanted to share this with readers.

Where did you grow up?

In a town near the mouth of the Columbia River called Astoria, Oregon (USA).

Could you say a few words about the title?

The Columbia River's water is made up of melted snow from mountains in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon as well as rain. This freshwater flows into the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean. Astoria is located along the Columbia River Estuary where these two kinds of water mix together.

Water appears on the cover and is present throughout the book. What is this theme so important to you?

As anyone who lives on the Oregon coast knows, it rains a lot there and this rain comes in many different forms. Astoria is one of the most humid cities in the United States. It is surrounded by several bodies of water: the Columbia River, Youngs Bay, the Lewis and Clark River, and of course the Pacific Ocean.

I've always lived near water and been fascinated by it. Water is life; water is flow; water is movement; water is change. It symbolizes so many things.