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Did you sail the arctic
and caught a cold
and returned to an aridness at home
and your wells apostatic to warmth
Did this cold seize your wick
Did your infection kill the birds
Did you die after the years

Your epitaph read, I guess by a dear friend
who remembered
‘Do not sail the arctic’

 

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Carl TerverCarl Terver is a lover of Bob Marley. His brow arching has become a trait. His insistence on quality in lettered works is to a fault. He’s a chess player and a New Yorker reader, and one day wants to become an Adam Gopnik.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

3 Responses to “Do Not Sail the Arctic | Carl Terver | Poetry” Subscribe

  1. Susan January 11, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    Hi Ainehi,
    Love the poem — but wondering if the title is misspelled. Should it be “Do not sail the arctic’? (‘Arctic” is spelled correctly within the poem itself.)
    Best,
    Susan

    • Ainehi Edoro January 11, 2016 at 6:44 am #

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks so much for pointing out the typo. The correction has been made. Hope you had a lovely holiday.

  2. Oyin Oludipe January 11, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    A vivid yet fragile poem. But I am curious in a different manner: why did you sail the arctic??

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