Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Stories (Eurydice)

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Stories (Eurydice)

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for R. T. Smith

I hear a poem about fishing.

I hear metaphors that tell me/listener/woman:

you catch me, weave me into your net

by surrounding/flooding/overpowering me. Your line reels

me to the sandbar; a smile crooks on your face.

Hook in my mouth, I touch air: hazy world

where sun burns scales,

where oxygen steals breath.

In your poem,

I am mounted/plaque/trophy to your wall

and represent the brilliance of your skill/art/mastery.

That is the story you tell: death of your beauty/love/woman.

This is the story I hear/believe/create, the one we/fish/living tell:

A sparkle comes; metal sings its melodies.

Fascinated, she follows the notes, nudging

with caution barbed hooks. As it moves, she follows,

closer and closer to the surface, where the world ends, where

the world begins. …

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