“answering through the vastnesses”: Kathleen Jamie’s “The Whales”

Photo by Christopher Campbell via Unsplash

Photo by Christopher Campbell via Unsplash

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!