Irene Koronas

from Ninth Iota


drink pig blood and cut telemachus to restore
secrete beggars porny kick on a crack hip mange
to incubate scraps from the footstool of odysseus
his toast to lost incidence

beck and call haggis laugh or tuck under bulge
the quarrel yanks intent from his spun doubloon
scars his thigh she grips his throat hiss arrow
twelve butt hooks kill the string bent after laid
down the course

cacophony slips the long mercy
fierce faith in heaps he leaks dead sacrosanct
women in quarter grace the blood sponge
extreme genitals cast to dogs

number the vigor truce to combine verdict
cross a sacrifice and mistook fatal stings
the savage shame old age
refuses to bewitch by coquetry
orgies turn matrilocal satire

balls her finger and hangs for promiscuity
cheapens market marriage as a mythographers chart
sutures her greek and latin fettle hair
her short arms epic dismember


dig one low embrace
theogony spread full on her guise
conjugal in recur motif

play a persist
ere of precanter huge and comic
the tamer taste

bred in mythic disgust


yes mount larder will cut pieces as done their brothers
heytain gods trench or recoil their lost flesh from boulder

ruin death by hand torments hang perennial consume
the march waves against waist his chin bends to slip

nothing black muds in scoop his fingers crack his lips sweet
fig ripe granate dangle each gust whirl crag enormons skull

while infants suck the goat mastiff temple knot by hue
sworn as neither seen or heard the dog oath given to matter

stratagem spot haunt of eagle stone daughters rear on curd
strong goddesses solicitude harpies snatch vicarious father sin

rack murder in early lament her child revive limbs raid
rearticulate solid mean magic the cauldron cloth fell an image

drawn from cup fed ambrosia that bare his breast ignore
his blade ascension he scullion every shred current through

ugly succeed the carve mad flame threw history on pyre
let heir name quotes family deride second hand altar

disappear converts submerge the chasm ruin the bottom silt
igo poise over him about to fall petual icon disk slope

scholiast meta rhetoricians allegory as rich fate touch


obduracy the new crush
mocks abuse
from destruct ether

witness suffers
the other apathy
take grandeur

impress the ever since
eminent figure
fire and craft own much

the same epithance
in cunning prow

most form culinity
most sauvage theft
most procure to extreme

bout that hose portion
who mutilate the dark
deeds against

the pregnant point
in hide in bring
her guile

respect the deliverer
of prim

in peculiar
to singe


my meanour
my tumnal flea
my muscaria

induce phetic nergy

muscle ecosis
only a goad route

to berserk
a slender dung


break the swore
keep rank immort
trace no fermix

classic transrite

heaven and hell
gender language
treat them

to off head
off talk
convert argos to mouth

fresco to tissue

Irene Koronas is the author of 7 collections of poetry and collaborative writing including heshe egregore (with Daniel Y. Harris, Éditions du Cygne, 2016), Turtle Grass (Muddy River Books, 2014), Emily Dickinson (Propaganda Press, 2010) and Self Portrait Drawn From Many (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). Some of her poetry, experimental writing and visual arts have been published in Clarion, Counterexample Poetics, Divine Dirt, E·ratio, experiential-experimental-literature, Lynx, Lummox, Of\with, Pop Art, Right Hand Pointing, Presa, The Seventh Quarry Magazine, Spreadhead, Stride and Unblog. She has exhibited her visual art at the Tokyo Art Museum Japan, the Henri IV Gallery, the Ponce Art Gallery, Gallery at Bentley College and the M & M Gallery. She is the Managing Editor of X-Peri, http://x-peri.blogspot.com/.

She writes: "Ninth Iota is a manuscript comprised of poetry inspired by the heritage of classical Greek poetry and philosophy, crafted in a new post-language style which emphasizes the complex rearrangement of the personal narrative."
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