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October 12, 2010

Third prize winner of the 1st Jackpine Sonnet Contest.

~after Camille Martin’s "box sonnets"

and if the molecules and if one binds to that other
on the water the water’s currents spin in the oceans
that are one water and are not empty but open swirls
to all our detritus and when the plastic sun-kissed bits
pink as plankton and red as shrimp or masked as krill and the
entropy if the fish and if the birds eat the fish and
if the birds feed their young and the young die with red bottle
caps stuck in their bellies and if the rot of the dead chicks 
is washed by rain is pushed to the wash to the creek to the
sea and the cap kills over and over and the compounds
the Bisphenol-A in the cap in the cauldron and the
sea-soup mix an open mouth where the gyre spins in the
Pacific and the Atlantic and the rest of the one
ocean and if we eat the fish and if the molecules

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October 12, 2010

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love the rhythm and the way

love the rhythm and the way it presses forward thru the poem. it's tightly packed but moves. worth reading and rereading.

Anonymous more than 3 years ago

This poem amazes; it's so

This poem amazes; it's so economical and poignant. I love the way it coils back on itself, tying in the occurrence of the eternal patterns of nature under attack. A true accomplishment. Bravo to the poet.

Anonymous more than 3 years ago

The Camille Martin

The Camille Martin 'epigraph' and her subsequent commentary puts a whole new spin on the gyre motif.

Dan Post more than 3 years ago

Very apropos, considering the

Very apropos, considering the Gulf oil spill, concern over damaging chemicals found in everything from baby milk to water bottles....

Striking imagery of our waste wreaking havoc in deadly cycles, in the same way as the ending connects back to the beginning.

Anonymous more than 3 years ago

This is scarier than mine -

This is scarier than mine - and no doubt more realistic - I like it!

Camille Martin more than 3 years ago

...so was that the end?

...so was that the end?

Robert MacPherson more than 3 years ago