A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Nick Fuller Googins is a teacher, a foot soldier for the Green New Deal, and the least-talented trombone player in any given hundred-mile radius. His writing has been featured in The Paris Review, Oxford American, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Venice, California.
The deckhand helps where he can. He flips a few lobsters right side up. He tucks a stray antenna away from the pinch of the crate’s hinges. The lobsters, when he holds them, emit a faint buzzing noise — sort of like a scream, if you think about it, and the deckhand does.