A Comment on the Odyssey


Lotos-Eaters, Cyclopes,
Lovely Circe on her knees,

Siren-songs and Scylla’s wail,
Calypso and a ragged sail —

All this would be enough for me
To blank out on Penelope.

Joseph S. Salemi teaches in the Classics Department at Hunter College. An Associate Editor at Iambs & Trochees, his poems, essays, and translations have been widely published. His most recent collection, Masquerade, was published in 2005 by Pivot Press.

First published in Measure, Volume 1 (2006)