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

6 Jun


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


The Final 3 Poems Inspired by Book 3



James Knight, Lenka Monk, Karin Heyer 



by James Knight


I’m tired.

Don’t talk to me.


The headaches are worse.

Real blinders.

They’re particularly bad

when I’m trying to get dressed

in the morning.

I can’t think.

Can’t tell if I’m holding

a shirt or a skirt.


I can’t explain it.

I’m living a half life,

between one thing and another.

Nothing feels right.


I haven’t had an erection in months.


Whenever the room darkens further

I see

a mirror cracking,

a face trapped

in its deadly geometry.


Don’t talk to me.


Echo in the forest

by Lenka Monk


Elevated heartbeat,

Pulsating blood rushing,

Crushing heat waves

Touching only with a seductive gaze.


The mirage on the lake…


Bleeding out desire

Excruciating sacred yearning,

Razor blades on lips

Unrequited adoration.


The time stands still…


Perspiration of lustful words

Lacing the tongue like poison.

Seeping into veins

Turning into endless hunger.


Unanswered echoes…


Deceived by heart’s screams,

Tourniquet ripped out.

Pain pours, shredded soul

Strewn across the forest’s floor.


Unrequited Love

by Karin Heyer


She recalls a thousand sweet sounds

long oft spoken before by lovelorn lovers.

Wordplay delights, not seen, but heard,

living still in mountain’s echo magic.


He gazed into the pond, a proud beauty,

an ivory light transcends his body,

white as marble his loveliness struck,

like golden wax consumed by haunted love.


Ill-starred love raced on lifelong resounding.

Her tune in magic mountains contained,

no love could yet heal the hurt,

for love alone is not enough…

And there, beside the lovelorn lover’s grave

a white and yellow flower lay,

despite the fatal gaze!



You can find more about James and Lenka below. Karin, at present does not have a website.

James Knight :



Lenka Monk:





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

  1. frenzyofflies June 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Beautiful, tough, engaging poetry… brilliant work here!

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