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Sara Comito – All Drains Lead to the Sea


This month’s Versed in Florida is with Sara Comito. She graduated with an English degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has been living in Fort Myers for the past 13 years. Comito works as communications editor for a local PR and Marketing agency. Her poetry has appeared in dozens of print and electronic journals and anthologies.

Undeterred by the small size of their square city lot, she and her stonemason husband have become urban farmers and beekeepers, eschewing the traditional front lawn for a jungle of fruits, veggies and flowering plants much of which, she tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif, has now become a muse for her poetry. 

Originally published in Mad Hatter’s Review

All drains lead to the sea

The iris in its exigency strives only  
to flower. These things are of a marshy sort  
and a far way from any Africa.

How did I think I could serve? This soil  
is bereft, with only mocking water  
below, so catacombed in chalk.

There have been people lately diving to chart  
the aquifer. The support staff shadows above ground,  
beacon squealing as those below veer in and out of range, 
bushwhacking through swales,  
through supermarkets,  
knocking on residences.

Would they know, from a slow contrary course, 
of the intrepid demise and follow to the output  
—“all drains lead to the sea”—after losing one on the mic?

Here is only silt. Precambria stress testing the botany. 

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 10 full and part-time people and interns in news, production and the radio reading service. Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a coveted Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, having previously served as Chair-Elect and the Region 13 representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012. Tardif has been selected twice to serve as a managing editor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project. She served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write the section on employee's activities beyond their public media work. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Amy spent five years as producer and managing editor of WGCU-TV’s former monthly environmental documentary programs In Focus on the Environment and Earth Edition. Prior to joining WGCU Public Media in 1993, she was the spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, spent 6 years reporting and anchoring for television stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reported for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa. Amy has two sons in college and loves fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.