Dailies 1/19/17: the wasting of the body, an ode on words for water, & Poe’s “To Helen”


Ode on Words for Water – Barbara Hamby 


I’m sitting next to a doctor at a dinner party
at Daphne’s apartment in Athens,
and I bring up one of my favorite topics,
which is words that cannot be translated
into another language, and he says what he loves
about Greek are all the words for water,
like paflasmos, which means the tiny wave
that laps against the side of a boat

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Cachexia – Max Ritvo 

Today I woke up in my body
and wasn’t that body anymore.

It’s more like my dog—
for the most part obedient,
warming to me
when I slip it goldfish or toast,

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To Helen – Edgar Allan Poe

Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,

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There’s no new poem up at Verse Daily today. 

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