Jeff Harrison

The World and Actaeon
A hart, they say. I'd take a hart, gratefully. From this to a hart would be making my way to Actaeon. This, oh this, but I am Actaeon still, and would rather be a lion, say, or even a hart, and have the world think me this, by all the world scorned as this, than remain this — this, and Actaeon still! — and have the world say Actaeon, the hart.

Isn't Actaeon the first, isn't Actaeon the first of his kind? The rest are tales — another Actaeon! I scoff. Actaeon become a hart I can attest; I have witnessed. Actaeon the first of his kind? Pardon me — I, the first to ask pardon in all this — there is only Actaeon.

The Hill of the Hounds
They will bury me with their own, at the Hill of the Hounds — another indignity for Actaeon — an indignity for a hart, Actaeon aside. Had they set Actaeon aside from a hart, would I rest at the Hill? An indignity for a hart, the Hill — a hart's first indignity — and another covering, another stratum atop Actaeon.

Jeff Harrison has poems in all the issues of Otoliths except the second issue. He has publications from Writers Forum, MAG Press, Persistencia Press, White Sky Books, 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, Calibanonline, Coconut, unarmed, Eccolinguistics, Sugar Mule, Word For / Word, and elsewhere. He has an interview blog with Allen Bramhall called Antic View.
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