Portrait of the Artist as a Young Fish

Buddhist mandala meets Jackson Pollock: how one obsessive-compulsive fish gets another fish to notice him, bringing her under his spell. The Japanese puffer fish signals sexually by making art circles. The pattern tells the female: “Lay your eggs in the center of the fancy circle I’ve obsessively spent a week constructing for you”–and if she does this, he then Jackson Pollocks (Jackson Bollocks?) all over them (dashes his sperm all over them), fertilizing the eggs. Isn’t that crazy?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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