‘Strength and Disgrace’ Strike 2/4: Transformations Poems (Book 9)



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 9


James Knight and Rebecca Audra Smith



by James Knight



A voice 


           a red stain.

She doesn't cry.
She washes the sheets
           and does the dishes.


The back door opens
onto a blank night.

     A gull shrieks like Mr Punch.

Her blood is daughter
to the sea.


A parting gift

by Rebecca Audra Smith


Nessus, what a dartboard for love you were;
first it’s sweetness, then it’s poison.
Practical, to use your wounded blood,
turn it to revenge-heavy love token:

Here, Deianira, who sets men’s hearts 
quaking with love, accept my dying gift
of bloodied shirt, it…

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