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February 2013

Apollo & Daphne

by Amy Glynn Greacen

The block yields up the girl, just as he’d hoped.
Dead pale, appalled and rooted to the spot.
Turn. Then there’s him, the stricken god, in hot
pursuit of a quarry elegantly troped

in metamorphic rock. Turn. Non-foliation
curves smoothly into foliage, carved so thin
it actually filters light—as if within
its protolith, not just marble, but the fruition

of the whole drama, were already there.
His ardor. Her refusal. And the flash
of sudden awareness: this chase, this mad dash,
can have no victor. Turn. Her flying hair

a glancing sting, her final backward glance
somehow at once defiant and blank; his hands
seeking skin, touching bark. Stalemate. Turn. She stands,
arms lifted, leafing. Pièce de résistance.

Passion transforms, and not even a god
Comes out unscathed. Some things simply cannot
be gotte ...

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Amy Glynn Greacen's poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, New England Review, and The Best American Poetry.

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 February 2013, on page 30

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