Hammerhorn Lake

Garry Gay, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1995.


Over the Memorial Day weekend in September of 1994, I travelled with Garry Gay and John Thompson to Hammerhorn Lake in California’s Yolla Bolly Wilderness. We also climbed to the top of nearby Hammerhorn Mountain, gaining more than 4,000 feet (about 1,230 meters) in elevation (the mountain tops out at 7,543 feet, or 2,299 meters). It was on this hike that I first thought of using “Tundra” as the name for a poetry journal, and in 1999 I did indeed replace my journal Woodnotes with a new journal named Tundra. Garry, John, and I wrote rengay together all that weekend in 1994, and this book was the result. Each of the book’s eight rengay are linked to here. Hammerhorn Lake was the first book of rengay ever published. You can also read the book’s brief introduction. For more information about the form, visit the Rengay page.


Hammerhorn Lake                   Michael Dylan Welch, John Thompson, and Garry Gay

Whispered Stories                   Garry Gay and Michael Dylan Welch

Empty Hammock                      Michael Dylan Welch and John Thompson

Skipped Stone                          John Thompson and Garry Gay

Taking Turns                             Michael Dylan Welch and Garry Gay

Here and There                        John Thompson and Michael Dylan Welch

Roasting Marshmallows          John Thompson and Garry Gay

Hammerhorn Mountain           Garry Gay, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch