The Great Atlantic Garbage patch

Somewhere between
the cocktail-strewn
verandahs of Bermuda and
Portugal’s Azores Islands
lurks several thousand
square miles of what
the newspaper terms
‘a confetti of plastic debris.’

They say much of this catastrophe’s
invisible to naked eyes,
swirled by bending currents
of poisoned water
until it resembles a giant net
rehearsing for the days
when it will harvest men,
a new Moby Dick
transmuted from soda bottles
hidden in the open seas
and brooding, brooding
waiting for the next innocent
Ahab to pass this way.

Michael Shorb has lived in California most of his life. His work reflects an abiding interest in myth, history, and the lyrical form, as well as a satirical focus on present day trends and events. His poems have appeared in over 150 magazines and anthologies, including The Nation, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, Rain City Review, Shakespeare Newsletter, Commonweal, Religious Humanism, Shoofly, Beatitude, European Judaism, THE DOLPHIN'S ARC (anthology), BELL RINGING IN AN EMPTY SKY (anthology), TO BE A MAN (anthology) and NAMES IN A JAR: 100 AMERICAN POETS (anthology).

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