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teamramonycajal  ·  2211 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: All Beach Poems Are Not The Same Beach Poem

Cuttlefish bones are kind of hard to make into combs, bro. Just sayin'. That's some nice brittle chambered calcium carbonate, and you can make molds from it, but probably not combs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuttlebone has some cross-sections.

_refugee_  ·  2211 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm aware. It's a quote; it's not my own original phrase, which is why...it's in quotes. In fact, my poem that uses the quote begins;


  Mermaids don't use combs.
  They comb their hair with cuttlefish bones
  except that everyone knows how cuttlefish
  are cartilaginous
Here, the italics indicate that it's a quote. We format slightly different in poetry sometimes. I guess quotation marks may be something your discipline doesn't cover, but I assure you, the Purdue OWL does. Thanks for the attempt though.

Edit: And if you're about to tell me that they do have a "bone," yes, I'm aware. Please just don't.

teamramonycajal  ·  2211 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I didn't notice. Whoops.

Although they're not cartilaginous either except for their braincase.

_refugee_  ·  2211 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yup, got it, please refer to edit. I realize that you have an occasionally insufferable need to be right, and I've tried to be pretty nice and civil to you, but you're getting on my last nerve and if I have to mute you by god I will fucking happily do so.

I swear when the cuttlefish poem goes live I am going to post it here under the title "Poem Wherein Ref Claims Cuttlefish Are Cartilaginous But Don't Worry Guys She's Lying". Clearly there is some difficulty with understanding artistic language and poetic license here; clearly we must confine ourselves to the realm of facts, and clearly if we write anything that departs from absolute, black-and-white fact it will be misinterpreted and oh, yes, corrected. By those who are our betters, of course. Because who else could they be?

thenewgreen  ·  2211 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sometimes it's nice to leave a trail of art behind us, revising as new information either becomes available or is found out by the artist:

Mass of Incandescent gas?

Or miasma of incandescent plasma?

But to the larger point I think it's a fool that points out the factual fallibility of a poem. Often language and terminology are used evocatively, such is my guess with the "cuttlefish."