‘Heralding Battle and Blood’ Slash 1/4: Transformations Poems (Book 5)

16 Jul


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 5



Kate Garrett and Richard Biddle 


All in Her Name

by Kate Garrett

(After Ovid’s ‘Perseus (Part Two)’)


Warm corpses leak blood

 onto stone floors, piled high

 like fleshy tinder, reaching

 the ceiling. This spectacle

 cordoned off by a tribe of marble

 men whose final mortal view

 was a fleeting introduction

 to the Gorgon’s severed head.


 Perseus stands proud. What

 a victory! Gather up your bride,

 son, she’s your prize, for saving

 her, and ending these men’s lives.



 Did anyone ask Andromeda

 what she wanted?


 Oh. Well.

 Nevermind …


Body of Water

by Richard Biddle


suddenly, you are in the shallows, breathing
in and out of your own depth
liquifying, unplugged, swallowed

but there’s a music to this maelstrom
a drip-fed beat
like a cascade
plummeting in perpetuity
plunging over and over an edge, the edge

stop a while inside this waterfall
drink it in, forget

then remember, you’re not the mermaid or the sailor
you’re bathing in the fathoms of your own

keep the taps running but
don’t force it

and drink and drink and drink
until you are brimful

of course, off course, there is always the juice of sex
to distract you
in fact, you think of this tract as foreplay
and let your tongue loop itself around its moist pinkness

tip your ecstatic face to the sky
become vapourific

aitch two oh em gee whiz
hydrate hydrate hydrate

be stream, be river, be oceanic puddles

then piss your non-existent self down the drain

be the flow beyond orgasm
become steam, evaporate


after all,
this is what will happen



You can find out more about Kate and Richard and their work here:

Kate Garrett




Richard Biddle




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