Acalanthis: The Original Poetry Slam


     Just finished this poem a few weeks ago–a take on the original poetry slam found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  Other versions of the tale have Acalanthis changed into a goldfinch and her sisters changed into various species of birds, but I prefer Ovid’s version where she and her sisters are changed into magpies by the Muses–seems a more fitting punishment.  I carved the woodcut of the magpie and hand printed it using a baren, then copied and reduced the image to fit the layout of the poem.  A copy can be ordered at PoeticExpressions.


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A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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