“Remora, Remora” by Thomas Lux
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
Clinging to the shark is a sucker shark, attached to which and feeding off its crumbs is one still tinier, inch or two, and on top of that one, one the size of a nick of gauze; smaller and smaller (moron, idiot, imbecile, nincompoop) until on top of that is the last, a microdot sucker shark, a filament’s tip – with a heartbeat – sliced off, and the great sea all around feeding his host and thus him. He’s too small to be eaten himself (though some things swim with open mouths) so he just rides along in the blue current, the invisible point of the pyramid, the top beneath all else.
From The Cradle Place
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Copyright 2004 Thomas Lux.
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About the Poet
Thomas Lux (1946 - ) is the author of numerous poetry collections, including, Child Made of Sand (Houghton Mifflin, 2012). Born in Northampton, Massachusetts to working class parents, Lux attended Emerson College and the University of Iowa.
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