Susan Elbe

Issue #
September 27, 2015


                            floating nets, photograph
                             Thierry Bornier, 2015

From his flat-bottom boat, the Chinese fisherman
feeds out his floating nets. Tied to long poles

dug into the river’s bed, the seines slip through
his hands, swelling and curling as they rise–

dry husks, fruit leavings, curtains—then fall,
slippering into the water, drifting just

below the surface. It’s late afternoon and I am
only now learning a thing or two about

how to set the nets and pull light through.

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