(Then the God of War) by Jehanne Dubrow

In Witness, the Trans/lation Issue:

after Mary Barnard’s translations of Sappho

Bragged that he could drag off
my husband in a metal box,
which in his hands would be

more toy than new technology,
a plastic warship in a rising tub,
and Ares a toddler climbing in,

splash of bubbles, soap, bashing
together boats. What little brunt
it takes to sink a floating thing.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including Red Army Red (2012) and Stateside (2010), from Northwestern University Press. Her new book, The Arranged Marriage, is available from University of New Mexico Press.

2 Comments

  1. alexdick said,

    February 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Great imagery!

    • February 27, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Yes. And the entire issue of WITNESS is devoted to poetry and prose that address similar themes. Glad you liked the poem!


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