Eel Soup Digression
Because the navigator didn't understand that the crease in the map depicted a crease in the sea, the ship had to weigh anchor. The captain forced the navigator to row a dinghy through the line, to reckon its effects.
“Eel Soup Digression” from KAPUTNIKS: by Peter Jay Shippy.
Published by Saturnalia Books March 15th, 2021.
Copyright © 2021 by Peter Jay Shippy.
All rights reserved.
Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
Peter Jay Shippy is the author of four previous collections, including A Spell of Songs and Thieves’ Latin, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Twice his work has appeared in the Best American Poetry Series. Shippy has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Emerson College.
Is a Kaputnik addicted to failing or a prophet of our kaputs to come!? In his 5th book of poems, Peter Jay Shippy uses talk—not as it escapes our lips—but as it’s heard from inside our skulls, orbiting from ear to ear to ear. He leads us from a noir haunted movie palace to a mother grinding birds into powder and finally to an Ubu who removes his tinfoil crown to hail spring, “Not a single UFO in the sky!” Peter Jay Shippy again delivers his signature humor and playfulness in the unforgettable Kaputniks.