A Greek Island by Edward Hirsch

A Greek Island 
Traveling over your body I found
The failing olive and the cajoling flute,
Where I knelt down, as if in prayer,
And sucked a moist pit 
From the marl
Of the earth in a sacred cove.
You gave yourself to the god who comes,
The liberator of the loud shout, 
While I fell into a trance, 
Blood on my lips,
And stumbled into a temple on top
Of a hill at the bottom of the sky.
About this Poem:
“The poem takes a phrase (‘C’est l’olive pâmée, et la flûte câline’) from an obscene parody of Albert Mérat by Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine (‘Sonnet du trou du cul’) and develops it into an erotic poem.  Now the body of the body becomes a sacred site, a Greek island.”
–Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch is the author of numerous collections of poetry including, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems(Knopf, 2011). Hirsch is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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