Title

The skin of the ocean

Document Type

Article

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communications and Arts

Comments

Greenhill, S. (2012). The skin of the ocean. Island, 128, 29-41. Available from here.

Abstract

In the months after he leaves her, after a cyclone hits the coast and rips the coral from the seabed on the outer islands, there is a long period of calm. It's hot. He sits up at night unable to sleep. One midnight, working on the yacht, he drops something precious over the side - a pocket knife with an ivory handle. He leans out and for a moment watches it sink, then dives from the stern, careful not to submerge it further with his body. There is a light current of phosphorescence running through the water. He catches glimpses of the sinking knife...

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