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FURTHER READING
Poems by John Montague
Silences
There are Days
Poems about Boats and Ships
In Passing
by Stanley Plumly
Of Politics, & Art
by Norman Dubie
Old Ironsides
by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ships That Pass in the Night
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Fish
by Linda Bierds
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
Where Go the Boats?
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poems about Storms
A Crosstown Breeze
by Henry Taylor
Bermudas
by Andrew Marvell
History of Hurricanes
by Teresa Cader
Low Barometer
by Robert Bridges
Now Winter Nights Enlarge
by Thomas Campion
Of Politics, & Art
by Norman Dubie
Radar Data #12
by Lytton Smith
Sleet
by Alan Shapiro
Stones in the Air
by Anna Journey
Storm Ending
by Jean Toomer
The Day Duke Raised: May 24th, 1974
by Quincy Troupe
The Snow Storm
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Storm
by Theodore Roethke
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White Water

 
by John Montague

for Line McKie

The light, tarred skin
of the currach rides
and receives the current, 
rolls and responds to
the harsh sea swell. 

Inside the wooden ribs
a slithering frenzy; a sheen
of black-barred silver-
green and flailing mackerel:
the iridescent hoop
of a gasping sea trout. 

As a fish gleams most
fiercely before it dies,
so the scales of the sea-hag
shine with a hectic
putrescent glitter:

luminous, bleached—
white water—
that light in the narrows
before a storm breaks.






Copyright © 2005 by John Montague. From Drunken Sailor. Reprinted with permission of Wake Forest University Press.
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