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.
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