Jeff Harrison

Actaeon and hound

Was Actaeon always spelled with a hound? An aeon, yes; Actaeon was to be as longevous as an untouched hart. Before Artemis, Artemis espied, was it always the hound for Actaeon's train? Was there no maiden, no fellow in his retinue, only the hound? What a slander for a prince! The queen of slanders for a stripling! There is a queen of poisons; they are one and the same. Is there a slander for Artemis? The fount, that is her slander. Is there no hart for the fount, no hind; is the fount not to be a hyaline hind and share the Actaeon hound?

The Virginia Triggers

rose dies to words, the stem
rises to Virginia's height
this lyre with no hide, before or
behind, will meet every delight

so I read in "The Virginia Triggers"
and I imagined, lacking a picture,
a lyre was a sceptre

there, in my picture, bloom, as nyctohylophobes
grow savage when afar of night, tides of pursuit

here, with this bloom, lacking
the lyre's delight,
many roses lie awake
weeping every melody

and I imagined, lacking a picture,
weeping was a frolic, and
Virginia, the lady of drops,
was fond of their shine


As rats at a babe, my hounds. The dawn of Actaeon is a hart, and my hounds — hoar, hoar rats — are late risers. At the fountain's side, my teeth chattered so, I bit off a piece of my tongue. Thus it was I who first had at this hart. My rats, what is a hart's tongue to Actaeon?

Jeff Harrison has poems in all the issues of Otoliths except the second issue. He has publications from Writers Forum, Persistencia Press, and Furniture Press. He has e-books from BlazeVOX and Argotist Ebooks. 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, Moria, Calibanonline, unarmed, Big Bridge, Word For Word, and elsewhere.

He has an interview blog with Allen Bramhall called Antic View. http://anticview.blogspot.com/

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