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The Excavation of Troy

by on Oct 7, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

Schliemann digs by day in the winds of Hisarlık, prospecting for myth with digammas and dynamite. His children’s names roll like the sea grounding black ships on burning shores, his wife with the hair of a saffron gatherer looks past the camera as if to Paris at the feast; year by...

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Aristeia

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

Zeus with the migraine that was Athene smashed his skull open on his stepson’s maul, split free a tall spear of a girl as unbreachable as logic and beguiling as a myth while the lag–footed blacksmith glanced down at his burnt hands and faded underground again. A god who crashes once to...

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Ψάπφοι Σελάννα

by on Apr 2, 2013 in Poetry | 2 comments

By Sonya Taaffe Sappho with violets in your smile, why lie awake counting the Pleiades? Why pace the grey shore with the sea hissing of lost lovers when my arms are warmer than the white of waves, the sweet and sharp of your skin like Pramnian wine? Come here to me and I will leave my...

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The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves

by , and on Mar 15, 2011 in Poetry | 0 comments

Rhysling Award Nominee “Long Poem” By Mike Allen, Sonya Taaffe, and Nicole Kornher-Stace 1. These gouges where glaciers furrowed toward the sea were smooth-sloped still, ice-muscled, snowbound; these waves, a salt-waste of frozen crests: and we were handprints of smoke on...

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