Tangled Up in You

An age-old fascination with aquatic oddities

In honor of Seattle’s current fascination with the giant squid, first manifested at the Burke Museum this fall, and now at downtown art enclave McLeod Residence courtesy of fiber artist Cassandra Nguyen, here’s Lord Alfred Tennyson’s 1830 poem “The Kraken”:

Below the thunders of the upper deep,

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides; above him swell

Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;

And far away into the sickly light,

From many a wondrous and secret cell

Unnumber’d and enormous polypi

Winnow with giant arms the lumbering green.

There hath he lain for ages, and will lie

Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,

Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;

Then once by man and angels to be seen,

In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Show ends Dec. 29.

Dec. 12-29, 2007

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