February 2013-March 2014
17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
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Poems Inspired by Book 3
Carol Robson and Kate Garrett
Untethered Man *
by Carol Robson
Takes his orders from upon high
his kidnapped sibling must be found
traversed the world in fruitless search.
Fearing the wrath from father on high
he now seeks the wisdom of others.
In fear he flees to distant lands
to seek a new life untethered
he’ll kill and take to meet his needs
new lands to conquer for him to rule
the prophecy told him, now unfurling.
Slays the serpent who took his men
the serpents teeth in fertile soil he sews.
New men with purpose from earth are born
a slaughter endured until five are left
to share new life with the untethered man.
©Carol Robson 2013
(After Ovid’s Semele and the Birth of Bacchus)
by Kate Garrett
My curiosity destroyed me.
I felt little as my lover’s
my mortal body, one
thought only: what will become
of the boy? Plucked
from my ashen womb, still pink
and growing, then nestled
in a wound in his father’s
thigh. Sewn into skin, so close
to the source of the burning seed
that made him. Bacchus, my
baby god of wine and revelry,
twice born, like a man
who partakes of the grape
to excess, finds clarity in a fuzzy
head, and wakes unwell: as the day
progresses, he is whole again.
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