Work in progress: Orpheus

One of my current writing projects is a long poem based on the myth of Orpheus. So far there are three sections: Lamb Shank, 1794 and the piece that follows, Orpheus & Eurydice, which has appeared on the Transformations website.

Orpheus and Eurydice


Moonlit clouds
hard as bone

A row of houses
seen from behind,
some trees:
pieces of a stage set

A parked car murmurs
muffled music

Peek inside
through misted glass

She’s under him, twisting

A circle of yellow light moves over them



humming a tune,
he sits up, runs a hand
over the back of his neck

That all you got?

He looks back at her
and she looks away;
she’s elsewhere

Somewhere else,
in another story:
a timer reaching zero

A curtain of cloud covers the moon.


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