Finding Dory… and Letting Her Go

The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant Found Poem

The found poem comes from the short story “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” page 4. It was written by W. D. Wetherell. The story is about the protagonist explaining how he took the love of his life onto a date on his boat, but catches the biggest large mouth bass ever in his life. Over the course of the story he struggles on whether to choose the girl and let the fish go, or catch the fish and ruin the date. In the end, he chooses the girl, Sheila, and cuts the fishing line, letting the fish go. Overall the conflict was internal. The protagonist spent the entire date deciding which to choose, until finally at the climax, he cut the fishing line.

My found poem shows this by repeating the words Sheila and the bass multiple times, highlighting the indecision. The artwork in my poem shows the bass being caught from the water, and the artwork also shows that how I chose specific word from the short story, creating a found poem.

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