‘Fates and Forces’ Wave 2/4: Transformations Poems (Book 13)

15 Mar

TRANSFORMATIONS

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

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Poems Inspired by Book 13

.Featuring:

James Knight and Nat Hall

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13 broken pieces of id

by James Knight

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1

The leaders took their seats, and the common

……….scowled and shook his fist.

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2

……to do battle with him.

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exulting in…………………. bloodshed and slaughter.

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3

……..consider the good of the state.

..consider the killing

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those who had participated in the robbery under his leadership

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4

……we fought in the field

………..digging a trench round their fortifications,

…….deceived by a dream

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attack the leaders with…….words

.

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my words.

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5

…..and killed

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.

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beneath the city walls

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6

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…..these weapons

you need me to direct your thinking

….I am superior to you

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………….The blade

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7

unhappy wife
lost even her

was in flames

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women………… embraced the statues

..kissed

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……..dragged her

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8

The girl
..was snatched

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she did not forget herself
….his eyes fixed on her face

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My only wish is that my death could be concealed from

………..hands

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9

…..give back my body

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the knife
…….wife

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fell

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10

she made her way to the shore

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………

……….the sea

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….body, washed up on the beach

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11

smooth……….. words

captive women

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uttered barks instead of words.

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howl

……….poor queen

.

12

……….black smoke darkened

…..black ash

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……beaks and hooked claws

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13

…………….flames

he saw me, lying with

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………….sea lay before her

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…..waters churned over my head

I found myself

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Trojan-Tragic-Transformations

by Nat Hall

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1. bellissima belligerence

in a city,
not just a toy,
but wooden horse
to set alight, night, scarlet
red;
gullible gods
clashed like titans,
………….blade against blade,
shields against swords
until all walls
washed off their lust
and turn their helmets into
rust

                                …………..

………………………2. tragédie grecque

………………………………………Fallable
………………………………………Anger inside flames
……………………………………...Languid metal to slash your angst
………………………………………Listen to woman’s own burden
…………………………………Out of your death
………………………Fall on deaf dust
…………………Turn your tears into icy blades
…………… Ragged, broken jaw so canine
……… Or turn turtle doves into wine
Yearn for feathers from his pyre.

 

© Nat Hall 2014


You can find more about James and Nat here:

James Knight

http://thebirdking.com/

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Nat Hall
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One Response to “‘Fates and Forces’ Wave 2/4: Transformations Poems (Book 13)”

  1. nordicblackbird March 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Reblogged this on nordicblackbird and commented:
    As a set of responses to Ovid’s Metamorphoses from Book 13. Climax

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