I thought some of you might be interested to see these three sequences dealing with my encounters with Rome and Greece, a contemporary sensibility colliding with the remnant as well as enduring ancient, classical experience. No One Comes for Penelope— retells the end of the Odyssey with a similar collision between contemporary and ancient, as it unfolds in a modern asylum by the end of which it may be the modern asylum seems the fantasy, the ancient story the reality… There is a constant tug between realities ‘reported’ and ‘imagined’; at times the imagined is the more convincing, at others the reported. I leave it to you to make your own judgement here.

Ron Sandford did the illustrations for No One Comes for Penelope— and for the Greek Sequence, An Incendiary Ground— Encounters with Greece; Charles Shearer did those for the Roman Poems. Both No One Comes for Penelope— and the Roman Poems appeared in Transformations, which combines poems with interpretative artwork by a number of American and British artists, and makes for an unusual book in that respect alone. An Incendiary Ground… appeared in Homecomings, my most recent book.

Homecomings cover

No One Comes for Penelope

with drawings by Ron Sandford

  1. The Wayfarer
  2. The Raveled Woman, Earlier
  3. The Battered Man
  4. Dreams
  5. Collision
  6. Find Me
  7. The Shadow And The Son
  8. The Way Home
Greek Poems

An Incendiary Ground
— Encounters with Greece

with drawings by Ron Sandford

  1. The Cypresses of Athens
  2. Insistent on Yellow By the Theatre of Dionysos, or Visions
  3. My Father’s Shade at Delphi At the World’s Center Amid the Ruins
    Above The Olive-Swaddled Valleys
  4. The Bees of Mt. Hymettus
  5. Who is Glaring at Me? The Gross, Perfect
    8500 Year Old Venus of the Benaki Museum in Athens
  6. Absence in Ithaka
Roman Poems

Roman Poems

with drawings by Charles Shearer

  1. River of Flesh
  2. Bernini Defends His Ecstasy of St. Theresa
    Against Charges Of Carnality
  3. Graffiti In The Underworld
  4. Giordano Bruno Steps Down From His Pedestal In The Heat
  5. Tivoli