One of my personal favorite poems, “The Whale,” has been published by Frontier Poetry here. This is what they had to say about it, which just makes me incredibly happy!
Cassandra Farrin’s poem rustles with the sound of waves and devils. “The Whale” is exactly how you make surprising a literary figure so well known as to be automatically cliche in lesser hands. Let the lines fill your mouth with brine and flame, the white space like gaps between the waves, the Whale: freshly ambiguous.
And here is a small excerpt:
Born bright, a lemon jarred in brine and oil pales;
so it was with me in the deep,
but this is a darker matter. Say of me “men dream and drown,”
an unfathomable vastness, adrift. Who lives who impales the moon?
Thank you to Frontier Poetry for publishing this poem about one of my favorite literary figures of all time!
2 thoughts on ““The Whale” (Frontier Poetry)”
I understand why this powerful piece might be a favorite. Wonderful, Cassandra!! And of course, Congratulations!!!
Thanks, Sheila! I hope we’ll run into each other at a workshop sometime soon!