Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski
After years at sea, he adapted a nom
de plume for English language readers,
still recognized as a Polish phenom,
among the very best of modern writers.
Had He Caught Moby Dick
Ahab would have had to buy a pan
to fry up all that leviathan.
The Man Who Swallowed an Ocean
The flesh eaten right off Santiago’s skeleton
became the villager’s favorite feuilleton,
but who knows what monsters from the deep
swam back to reappear in Papa’s sleep.