Mike Watt’s Contemplating the Engine Room, I’ve mentioned it before. I can’t stop listening to it. During the drive down to NC on Friday, I even started singing along with it. The album is soaking into my scalp.
And it’s inspired me to start thinking about writing my own nautically-themed epic poem. One of these 100-page affairs with a legit rhyming scheme and all sorts of pieces of the monomyth thrown in and arranged.* I don’t know anything about writing poetry, but I work with a guy who majored in poetry in college. When I get back to Baltimore next week, I should ask him how to write one. Yeah, I’ll knock this one out real quick.
* At first I thought I’d have to write something that followed The Odyssey to help drive the point home that this was an epic poem, but, really: if you use the monomyth as your structure, anything you write will seem like The Odyssey.