Friday, February 21, 2014


Fish Story

A poem must break to the surface
and nibble at light,
confounding refraction
and swallowing sense
at a sudden bite
with wide-mouth contraction.

A poem must be cunning
to avoid rhetoric flies,
anglers baiting with lies
must dart for white water and running.

If caught on the hook of meaning,
a poem must whirl and fight,
tugging and constraining,
alert for oversight.

Loose from the critical reel
a poem plunges once more,
moves beneath manifest current
outward from net and from shore.

—George Steiner, poet, in The Paris Review, Issue 1, Spring 1953.

• Editorial Comment: Time to get Toad the boat ready to go (see below). Poetry at sea.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
Toad the Boat


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