‘Warmth and Wickedness’ Act 3/5 : Transformations Poems (Book 3)

21 May


George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab


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

lightning consumed


 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.


* =One of the poems to be included in our ‘Transformations’ Exhibition/Poetry reading September 2014, Hanse House, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

You can find more about Carol and Kate and their work here:

Carol Robson:



Kate Garrett




3 Responses to “‘Warmth and Wickedness’ Act 3/5 : Transformations Poems (Book 3)”

  1. frenzyofflies May 22, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I really enjoyed these two gems 🙂

    • Carol Robson May 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Thank you so much… 🙂

      • frenzyofflies May 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

        Cheers, Carol 🙂

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