Lately I’ve been reading Kathleen Jamie’s superb book The Overhaul, which landed on my radar months ago thanks to Graywolf Press‘s delightful habit of posting a poem of the week on its website.
I read “The Whales” and just couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks. It’s a bit funny, very beautiful, and then unsettling (with that Dickinson dash in the last line), all in just sixteen short lines. It’s one of my new favorite sea poems.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it and tell me what you think!