I have watched an artist take the long soft line
of a dead eel’s many-boned, sibilant-shape,
submerge it in ink and slap its wet and
blackened belly or wet and blackened back
against a canvas to leave behind a vague dark mark:
the stamp of the corpse to evoke the living thing.
Jenny Irish is from Maine and lives in Arizona. She is the author of the collections Common Ancestor and I Am Faithful.