Poem with a Line from Jack Gilbert

by | Aug 15, 2022 | Poetry

__________The latest best search engine says the octopus
_____is having its day in the sun.
A boy in tenth grade biology swore
he could photosynthesize, and here’s hoping
__________he’s had many such days in the decades
since. We should insist while there’s still time,
__________which may be why he who could photosynthesize
_______________was so adamant. While there’s still time,
twirl me. Let me twirl you while the maple seeds dizzy
_____down. A cognitive dizziness comes free
with 12,400,000 results in .45 seconds for the octopus brain.
Free to a good home: one 12 oz. package
_____diminished attention, swaddled in sunlight,
____________________cinched with sea grass.

About The Author


Catherine Abbey Hodges is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently In a Rind of Light (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2020), and two chapbooks. Her poems appear in venues including Narrative, The Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, Atticus Review, Nimrod, Chicago Quarterly Review, Verse Daily and The Writer’s Almanac. She writes in, and teaches from, the foothills of California’s Southern Sierra Nevada.