Poems from Book I, Ovid.



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 1 


Karin Heyer, Nat Hall, Rebecca Audra Smith


After Long Contemplation

.byKarin Heyer


She returned home after long contemplation

to her story of everlasting, eternal change

pulsing in her

metamorphosis bursting – light

like The Milky Way:

brightening the heavens

men were pure and good

they knew no evil,

north and south

east and west

meant justice, equality,

good will and tempered rest;

go the middle way.


Yet, she remembered change must be —


iron ruled later the hearts of men,

Napoleon, colour-blind,

saw red blood as green as grass; and

when Hitler scourged Europe,

howling winds sent a sea of tears,

a scream of the century,

a wail for the…

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