Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In The Company of Eels

In the spring of 1899, the poet Lemur Godsmith, in order to more fully understand the subtleties of his subject, spent what amounted to weeks under water with the creatures before writing his epic poem, "In the Company of Eels." It's been whispered that he was never the same since, most probably due to oxygen deprivation. Even years after his submersion, his wife reported that he still had fits during the night--swatting at the air maniacally, clenching his jaw and quietly ordering, “Get them away, get them away!”