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Zoe Strauss & Melville

Two American classics:

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, opening sentence:

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off–then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

 Zoe Strauss:



  1. Tristin Lowe’s “Mocha Dick” at WCMA (photo just doesn’t do it justice):

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