Faculty Member Daisy Fried’s Poem “Book 13” Appears in the Current Edition of APR


When Odysseus finally gets home
he doesn't know it is his home.
Why does Athena love him so much?
She, disguised as a boy,
boys are always wandering around, swineherd boy,
oysterman boy pottering along the seashore—
a shimmer in the folds of her/his crappy old clothes—
that’s Athena’s “tell” even when shapeshifted to menial youth—
Athena’s like come on man, it’s Ithaca. You know.

Read the rest of the poem at this link:  https://aprweb.org/poems/book-13