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Night Fishing - Poem by Christopher Howell

Among the logjams and flotsam north of Brown's Landing, Negroes,
as black people were then called, fished for channel cat and crappie.

Poor whites, loners, and teenage boys came there as well and threw things in
or pulled them out or hid them in the flooded bushy inlets presumably

ignored by the constabulary. Sometimes night fishing there with lantern
and a box of horrible Marsh Wheeling crooks, dark forms rose near us

like submarines listening, mystified Germans, perhaps, trapped there since the war
and wondering if they should kill us or simply steal our catfish and cigars.

We never knew. We reached out with our flashlights and found the river
meditative, clueless, and unitary as the sky where the huge chandelier

of the universe turned and sputnik scored its winking caveat: "There's more
up here than Heaven, boys. Breathe deep." And so we did, while

below us, we were certain, more than fish circled and tugged at our lines
with dark or bright mouths, with the hunger of all unknown things.


Comments about Night Fishing by Christopher Howell

  • Gold Star - 72,382 Points Rebecca Navarre (9/25/2016 12:44:00 AM)

    Wow! Very profound, deep, moving writing, bringing reader to see an feel, very gripping anticipate the next
    word or line! Incredible! ! ! Thank You So Much for Sharing! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 69,187 Points Unnikrishnan E S (9/23/2016 10:57:00 PM)

    A profound poem on the extreme in equality, poverty, misery, fear and life-after-war! Even in the extremes of the post-war life, the rich suffer little. But, the poor are driven to the wall. It is their life that the poet has captured here. The extreme calm of the poem, as expressed by the words, phrases and images are, sure, deceiving. A very loud thunder in concealed in it- loud enough to shake the hell (it is very much here!) and the heavens (if at all they exist) . Wonderful poem.

    horrible Marsh Wheeling crooks, dark forms rose near us
    like submarines listening, mystified Germans, perhaps, trapped there since the war
    and wondering if they should kill us or simply steal our catfish and cigars.

    The horrors of war are encapsulated here: how the word Germans or Japanese created panic in the minds of children of the late 40's and early 50's in the US and elsewhere. They may come to steal the seemingly worthless (but very dear for the owners) possessions like catfish and cigars. In India, even in my childhood, early sixties, Germans and Japanese were words of horror: Germans symbolised by the horror of battleship Emden (EmaNdan, in our native Malayalam) which visited our little port, Kochi during the war. Japanese, who stole women and ate them!

    The horrors in the mind of a child nobody knows, but a poet!

    Congratulations.10++ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 202,470 Points Susan Williams (9/23/2016 5:02:00 PM)

    If William Faulkner had written poetry, this is what he would have written. The great ones weave a place and a time with mere words, their lines interweave this time and place with bits of thought to ponder, and the river leans back on the bank of the river and absorbs.... a most excellent poem. (Report) Reply

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