Deborah Hauser

Self inflicted Gaunt spare laid bare

The Copper Beech

                The Copper Beech By Marie Howe Immense, entirely itself, it wore that yard like a dress, with limbs low enough for me to enter it and climb the crooked ladder to where I could lean against the trunk and practice being alone. One day, I heard the […]

love is more thicker than forget

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

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

            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 […]

Reading Moby-Dick

I’m still reading. I’m reading a chapter every day; most days; some days. But I’m moving this project over to Twitter. Follow me there @deborahhauser2

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 48

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 […]

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 47

Chapter 47  The Mat-Maker  …the ball of free will dropped from my hand…  Ishmael contemplates the interweaving of destiny, chance, and free will. Tashtego spots a school of sperm whales. Phantoms surround Ahab.

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 46

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.