Spending eight months aboard a ship has its practical disadvantages. But, it also allows those with a productive spirit to exercise their creative processes through vast amounts of disciplined concentration, unique and introspective inspiration, along with several mental challenges which, out of necessity, one can effectively resolve with creativity.

     I chose to compose a short poetry collection. The poems sang a nautical tune, garnished with the philosophical struggle of sailors upon the open seas. I titled it Mutiny. I then ordered ink-stamps of each poem, several empty books, purchased an ISBN, and spent countless hours stamping copies of my debut collection. As I travelled through the many Oceans, Gulfs, and Seas of the world, I released 20 copies of my book inside carefully sealed glass bottles during the autumn of 2015. The map above shows, roughly, where they each were released.

Cody A. Conklin

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