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To Fishermen

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No more savage art: filleting: a deft pressure along the
backbone

from tail fan to the red gills: fighting mystery with a
honed blade

through the small bones: salt and scales on face and
hands:: the Greek God,

as well, found flesh unmysterious, but in anger and
disappointment:—

seagull cries, your music, are all about you: Apollonian
but hungrier: nature is hungry::

the brave fish dies the birds swoop for the insides in no
lovelier spirals.

Source: Poetry

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This poem originally appeared in the March 2005 issue of Poetry magazine

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