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The Submerged Sea by J.S. Watts
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Read 2 times. Last read March 27, 2018.

J. S. Watt’s The Submerged Sea is a brief chapbook which contains a wide range of ideas and images. The title may suggest the inner sea of the unconscious, but it can also mean the ancient seas which exist (in “More Songs from the Submerged Sea”)
below high-seas of lush green grass
still undulating
There are also shipwrecks submerged in the sea.
The lingering effect of this set of poems, however, is not immersion, but motion. In “Old Man of the Sea”
waves roll with the punch of the wind,
which has come a long way to get here
Sometimes it is not just the grass that waves; the land itself seems to move in response to the sea. Watts uses refrains and other musical language to convey her fresh vision of all this motion.
In “The Flotilla of Lost Words,” which addresses the moon as muse, she describes her words as “floating away/on little paper boats.” Fellow poets will relate to the humor and frustration expressed in that poem. The Submerged Sea is a small but satisfying collection of words that didn’t get away.
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