Brooke Ellsworth is author of the chapbook, Thrown (The New Megaphone 2014). She has poems in or forthcoming in Coconut, Artifice, DIAGRAM, The Volta, and elsewhere. She live in Queens, NY and teaches at Parsons.
Dough-Boy, the poem's protagonist, takes his name from the steward aboard the iconic whale-ship, the Pequod—although here he differs in that he is a legless, uncooked loaf of bread. Dough-Boy is an appulse of these two circumstances.