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Art by KJ Hannah Greenberg 2021

Eating Catfish on the Bank of the Sankuru River

(for Steven C. “Catfish” McDaris)

by Daniel G. Snethen

 

A cannibal sat on the bank

of the Sankuru River, eating catfish.

 

He carbon-copied me, from his smartphone,

an e-mail message all the way to South Dakota,

with a graphic photo of his repast.

 

I really don’t know why he did this—

carbon-copy me a photo of his fine dining,

but I sure am glad he did; it looked delicious.

 

Perhaps next time, the cannibal will invite me

to be his guest as he dines upon

the banks of the Sankuru River.

I’d like to eat some catfish too.

 

 

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake, and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.



KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her most recent poetry collection is Rudiments (Seashell Books, 2020), her most recent essay collection is Simple Gratitudes (Propertius Press, 2020), her most recent short story collection is Demurral: Linens, and Towel and Fears (Bards& Sages Publishing, 2020), and her most recent photography collection is 20/20, Eye on Israel (Camel Saloon, 2015).

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021