How Did You Feel?


How did you feel

when you saw the tide going out

on your career in academia?

I pursued other avenues.  I gave myself

a DIY grant.  Do-It-Yo’self.

I finessed them out of the last year of

my NDEA fellowship, stayed at home,

and taught myself to write.

I wrote 2½ books.

That was satisfying.

Don’t fuck with

the Big Kahuna.

Surfer Jack.






I can throw a castnet off Jody’s dock.






I can gather surf clams in a green crab net

and red Vidalia onion sack and make

scungilli marinara with oranges off our tree

and kumquats for key limes.

Busycon pervesum, or

left-handed whelk.









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