Paul Haeder, Author

writing, interviews, editing, blogging

               I.

he holds by-catch

silent guy, put

on “the spectrum”

he sorts through whiting

salmon sharks

cookie cutters

threshers, dog fish

indiscriminate lashing of 

boat nets, trawling and seining

vast ecosystems

Pacific depths

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                II.

he knows 500 species

by heart, Asperger’s

the old label

he pulls in gasping sharks

or flat octopus

even the state

gal with book

in hand is stumped

but our young man

diagnosed 30 years

ago, first grader

mother pushing

boy, until now

in an RV overlooking

the docks he works

hour after hour sorting

menial sometimes 70

hours in week:

Shark Bycatch – A Budding Conservationist's Mind

           III.

obligate ram ventilators

their lives are continual swimming

passing water onto gills

oxygen keystone

gillnets are their

requiem

dusky

mako

white tip reef

scalloped hammerhead

silky

pelagic blue

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                   IV.      

wreathing on seafloor

caught in a web

slow death

sounds only this young

man, trapped in autistic

elegance, in awe of death

he brings home jaws

dumps babies from

shark bellies into

pickle jars

drying shark skin

hanging up in RV

he’ll try cooking

anything they let him

take, shark graveyard

finds, like archeologist

he holds

cartilage

in between

long nimble fingers

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