love is more thicker than forget by E. E. Cummings love is more thicker than forget more thinner than recall more seldom than a wave is wet more frequent than to fail it is most mad and moonly and less it shall unbe than all the sea which only is deeper than the […]
How To Skydive Without A Parachute by Ian Hollyer Once you realize that both pull strings are broken, it’s best not to panic. Yes, you’re falling at 176 feet-per-second, but try and take a deep breath (even in the scarce oxygen). Screaming may seem appropriate, but try and restrain yourself. It only makes you look […]
To the New Year by W. S. Merwin With what stillness at last you appear in the valley your first sunlight reaching down to touch the tips of a few high leaves that do not stir as though they had not noticed and did not know you at all then […]
I am back after a short hiatus. I’m starting to think that reading Moby-Dick IS my Moby Dick. Chapter 48 The First Lowering …pulling into the charmed, churned circle of the hunted… The phantoms surrounding Ahab are explained away as stowaways that have been hiding below board. Ishmael recalls Elijah’s warning. The crew pursues a […]
Chapter 46 Surmises …keep a bright look-out, and not omit reporting even a porpoise. Ishmael surmises what Ahab is thinking. Ahab, having impulsively revealed the true reason for the Pequod’s voyage, must guard against rebellion and hold out the hope of monetary riches to maintain the crew’s loyalty.
Chapter 45 The Affidavit …boiling him down into a peculiarly valuable oil…be economical with your lamps and candles! blood was spilled for it. Ishmael explains why the prior chapter was so important and lays out an argument to convince the reader that Moby Dick is distinguishable from other whales and acts with malice; and denies […]