Be fruitful and multiply, said the Lord,
and the ice fishermen on Merrymeeting Bay
have taken Him at His word:
two days ago there were only a few,
ample space between one shanty and another.
Now they have cropped up everywhere,
their shanties strung from Richmond to Bath.
Each evening the sun sets over the bay,
dazzling him. But the fishermen stay.
All night they stay, tending their tipups.
All night their shanties are burning.
All night her big lamp is burning.

George Drew
GEORGE DREW was born in Mississippi and raised there and in New York, where he currently resides. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as The Amherst Review, Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Chiron Review, Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Hollins Critic, Maine Times, Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Quarterly West, Salmagundi, The South Dakota Review, Southern Poetry Review, Vermont Literary Review, and many others. Toads in a Poisoned Tank, his first book, was published in 1986, and a chapbook, So Many Bones (Poems of Russia), in 1997 by a Russian press, in a bilingual edition. One of his poems received an Honorable Mention in the Robert Frost Foundation's poetry competition, 2002, and another will be appearing in The Breath of Parted Lips: Volume II, an anthology for The Frost Place, Cavankerry Press.
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