Reprinted from Student of the Hippocampus with permission. For further details on Fragment Fifty-Eight, see Casey Bush’s excellent Sisters Around the Cauldron – Mary Barnard and Her Sappho.

Aurora and Titone (Segment), Giovanni da san Giovanni

a wet dog shakes
dancing with the dawn

hungover hooligans
encourage coagulation

smash the lookingglass
sloppy love gloves

gall bladder red goblet
tumbles off Earth’s barstool

eel filled river night black
overflows its memory banks

condemned to live forever
while tragically growing old

carried triumphant
around the Sun’s domain

at first beautiful and moist
but for an eternity drawn and gray.