Spending eight months aboard a ship has its practical disadvantages. But, it also allows those with a productive spirit to enhance their own personal creative works through vast amounts of undistracted concentration, unique and introspective inspiration, and several mental challenges which can be creatively resolved by one’s work.

     I chose to compose a short poetry collection. The poems sang a nautical tune, garnished with the philosophical struggle of the 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 where they each first kissed the waves.

     I eagerly await the discovery of each bottle.

Cody A. Conklin

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