Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

How It Was

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

How It Was

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Demophon to Ptolemaeus. . . send us at your earliest opportunity

the flautist Petoun with the Phrygian flutes... Also send

the eunuch Zenobius with a drum, cymbals and castanets...

get the special goat from Aristion... send us as many cheeses

as you can, a new jug, and vegetables of all kinds, and fish

if you have it... throw in some policeman...

-Thus the preparations for a women's festival in Egypt, 3rd century B.C.E.

Partying way back, revelry throughout history,

and here I am at the Jazz Fest.

Don't see any goats but lots of crawfish

and jugs of brew... and look, there's Petoun

piping on his Phrygian flute

and the fuzz arresting an unruly drunk

who tried to grope the sexy singer

on stage as she pranced about grinding

out some gritty blues. …

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