Salmonid stanzas

 

Eleven years ago, a weekend tradition began in Astoria, Ore., the coastal town at the mouth of the Columbia River that once boasted scores of busy salmon canneries. It’s called the annual Fisher Poets Gathering, and this time participants in what one observer called “the blue-collar school of poetry” were given just 24 hours to write eight lines that had to include the phrase “you might be missing fish.” The third-place winner was Rob Seitz, who fishes year-round for cod, whiting and Dungeness crab, reports the New York Times:

“If your son is not intimidating
On the line of scrimmage,
If your daughter’s report card
Is not the brightest image,
If your children are not turning out
As healthy as you’d wished,
Perhaps on your dinner table
You might be missing fish.”

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