in which we respectfully, but firmly, take issue with crane’s “black riders came from the sea”

It’s perfect nonsense to suggest that, be it venal or mortal,

It announces itself with fanfare and hullabaloo,

All but taking out a three-column ad in the trades

To trumpet its arrival.

Its métier has always been the dimly-lit corner,

The whispered admonition, the ramshackle room

In a somewhat undesirable neighborhood,

And while it is certain that it accompanied us

As we emerged from the sea,

It did so on a night unsullied by moonlight,

Surfacing silently with the least desirable of piscine attributes in tow.

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3 thoughts on “in which we respectfully, but firmly, take issue with crane’s “black riders came from the sea”

  1. Though I am unfamiliar with the piece you allude to in your title, I love the way you approached your subject, and your description of the moonless beach and quiet sea is just beautiful.

  2. Crane’s poetry / prose definitely sticks with one …. “Wild shouts and the wave of hair
    In the rush upon the wind: Thus the ride of sin.”

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