A Brief Sojourn in the
Belly of the Whale
coiled fish or the soiled fish?"
G. T. Tanselle,
Scholarly Editor, Moby Dick
The beast's stomach acids
bleach the woman interned.
It is obnoxious to assume interiors
are white or pure;
souls, like handkerchiefs;
vertical, positive numbers.
Hydrochloric acid, pepsin, rennin, et. al.
scar her axons and dendrites.
End stop. She returns,
like shore to Jonah.
Then she lazes on the beach, yes?
If you've any comments on her poem, Catherine
Daly would be pleased to hear from