Deborah Hauser

Self inflicted Gaunt spare laid bare

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 35

Chapter 35 The Mast-Head 

A found poem collaged from Chapter 35 exploring the (not so) subtle homoerotic subtext of sailors looking for sperm (whales). 

my first mast-head came astronomical

madly invoked domestic vortices

small seductive compass

romantic young man sings out

ejaculates one pint of sperm

loses his mast-head

to the mystic sea

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