‘Spindles and Webs’ Thread 4/4: Transformations Poems (Book 6)



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 6


Rebecca Audra Smith, Sadaf Fatima

and Karin Heyer



Act 1

‘The king in his guilty passion often took pleasure with the body he had so mutilated.’

by Rebecca Audra Smith


She let fall a string of no’s

so I took her tongue.

What use was it to her, to speak?

She was making too much fuss,

stressing me out. I ran for miles,

going nowhere, treading

old ground. I thought of her,

silence between four walls except

for the noisy mess of her hands

-now untied-

my fists dragged the air.


 A man looks good with a sister each side,

  she shadows my wife’s gilded days,

a limbless knowledge.

I keep…

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