'BOULDERS, TALL GRASS, SHRUBS I CAN'T NAME, / BIRDS I CAN'T NAME, THE OCEAN.'
This line expresses the broadness of nature and the unusualness of of this situation for him (in other words, his strangeness). i personally love traveling and have been to various countries. This line reminds me of one of my travels - the travel to Thailand. I could not name the trees, grass, flowers, animals, birds, shells, and so on - there, everything was new and surprising for me, same as this line. Being in its broad, deep, unusual, and beautiful nature made me feel I was part of it. Certainly, I was not one of the crowd in a human society, but a man as a member of nature at that time. Although this line seemingly mentions the fact that he can’t name everything’, it suggests the broadness of nature and the unusualness of the situation for him, just like me wondering in the broad nature in Thailand.
'BEING A STRANGER SNEAKS ME THROUGH THE LATCH OF LANGUAGE - BRIEFLY.'
Those lines show us the strangeness of him in the hinterland. The former line I have mentioned above is kind of ‘external strangeness’, these latter lines can be considered as the expression of his ‘internal strangeness’ because they (latter lines) focus on his skill – language, though the former one focuses on the nature surrounding him. I was in ‘the latch of language’ during my travel in Thailand as I did not speak or understand Thai, I did not understand what people said to me when I went to a restaurant, when I got lost in a street in Bangkok, or when I tried to buy an umbrella due to an unexpected squall. The feeling I can’t express what I want to others in front of me, is exactly in ‘the latch of language’. And it will cause the sense of internal strangeness.
'IF A GAP EXISTS AT ALL, IT'S THERE / I MIGHT HAVE SLIPPED THROUGH.'
The poem ends up with this line. The gaps – his impossibility of naming and speaking makes him figure out that he is a stranger both externally and internally. In this poem, the author is trying to ‘complete strangeness’, which always exists when people go a ‘unusual place’, using the theme of ‘wondering an unknown place’.