In 1821, Owen Coffin was a teenaged sailor aboard the Nantucket whaler, Essex. When a whale rammed and breached the hull of the ship in mid-ocean, near-starved survivors were forced to eat the bodies of those who had died. When those resources ran out, the four men remaining drew straws…

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She always chose

Cotton over polyester

Not because

Of the style or cut

Of the garment

Only that it felt good

Against her skin.

He only ran

The old, P.O.S. car

When it was too cold

To walk downtown

Preferring the faint crunch

Of autumn leaves

Left unswept from November.

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Josef Bastian

Josef Bastian is an author, human performance practitioner and often an odd duck.