Explain how the author of the poem "reimagines" Columbus' voyage,
and what the results of the new version of the voyage are.
Silently reread line four, noticing your eye motion. How is that
motion related to what the line says and to Columbus' actual voyage from
Why do the ships' names shift slightly more to the left each time they
appear in the poem?
Why are only two ships listed in line thirteen? Only one in line fifteen?
Are there other instances where the placement of words or phrases—
especially at the ends of lines—is related to the events as they occur in the
This poem would make sense if read aloud to someone who doesn't
have a copy in hand. What would a listener miss, though, from an oral