This poem, as a whole, evokes certain aspects of historical consciousness (whalebone as statue) and of folktale style due to its opening lines. I admire the structure of this poem, not all of free verse poems are good, except when it's 'structured free verse', (accurate line length and appropriate spacing), such as this. Throughout the poem, the poet just describes visual scenes by constantly using vivid descriptions, "dead birds", "slick, melted, disfigured", "mourning songs like foghorns", when the gray light is down; when waves crash through this burial ground" almost close-up scenes behind my eyelids as I read further. As for the use of punctuation, from ellipsis to semi-colon, dash to comma, in my opinion, was done effectively. The sound and the rhythmic language choices of this poem are the key factors that made it stood out from the rest of the nominated poems this week and not to mention, its surprising ending line, as well.