Jeff Harrison

Shepherds' Council

Hands that to roods have nailed paws lupine, and have nailed paws leonine, nail to cypresses wings cygnet, as Artemis holds cygnets dear, chaste Artemis Who disdains display even for vengeance, and holds vengeance dear solely upon discovery: this is had from Her nymphs when they hymn of Actaeon by Artemis imbruted, which change surely befell shepherds of late vanished to us.

Familiar Actaeon

The wings of cygnets were attached — with cygnet, often, and without — and by nail always; one nail per wing, one wing per cygnet — cypress by cypress, but it takes deity to attach a deer to a vanished man.


I, inoffensive as the grasses, and I their Nimrod, following, bloodily, his kind; from their earth I tear them. The prey of the deepest grove start — Miss Deerfont, is that you? I dreamed — fancied, rather, as though some sonneteer — you cast me a forked wight.

Jeff Harrison has poems in all the issues of Otoliths except the second issue. He has publications from Writers Forum, MAG Press, Persistencia Press, and Furniture Press. He has e-books from Blazevox, xPress(ed), Argotist Ebooks, and Chalk Editions. His poetry has appeared in An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions), The Hay(na)ku Anthology Vol. II (Meritage Press), The Chained Hay(na)ku Project (Meritage Press), Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics, Xerography, Moria, NOON: journal of the short poem, Dusie, MiPOesias, EXPLORINGfictions, EOAGH, and elsewhere. He has an interview blog with Allen Bramhall called Antic View.
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