May/June 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 3 Nature's Nature: A Gathering of Poetry |

The Water Column

1 Snake Mackerel From the bathyal snake mackerel surface— diel vertical migration from one darkness to another, eyes round as the moon, or rounder      —cutlass fish feeding on clouds of luminescent squid in turn struck by tuna racing up the thermocline into that sheath of water the sun seeps through— by then the snake mackerel will have glided      two thousand meters down, into the cold-packed water at the very bottom of the Gulf Stream      cutting along the continental shelf down Florida's side       toward Cuba before fanning out over the Florida Straits, and deeper, faster to the west then up the Atlantic toward the mare-head of Labrador—      carrying viperfish, wolffish, hatchetfish, anglerfish sea spiders and basket stars in snow clouds of detritus, as though what was found, pulled in on longlines meant for tuna, or pulled from pelagic        dwellers' bellies, cou

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By James McCorkle

1 Snake Mackerel From the bathyal snake mackerel surface— diel vertical migration from one darkness to another, eyes round as the moon, or rounder      —cutlass fish feeding on clouds of […]

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