I swam once a hundred miles off the coast of California
in a big pen for wild tuna
they dropped me in between them
thousands swam past
forty, fifty, sixty miles per hour
they never cut me
with their razor sharp fins
I reached out
cut me, I said
think of that
when you're at The Hump in Santa Monica
and pieces of your old friends
are placed before you
Daniel Ames is a poet living and working in Detroit, Michigan.
His first book of poetry, FEASTING AT THE TABLE OF THE DAMNED, was a semi-finalist in the GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Books of 2011.
Daniels' poems have been featured in, but not limited to: Magnolia: A Florida Journal of Literary and Fine Arts, Merge, Bijou Poetry Review, The Tower Journal, Tenemos, Edison Literary Review, Tonopah Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Pulsar Poetry UK, Camroc Press Review, and Stone's Throw Magazine.