July/Aug 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2020 |

Epigram 62

Michaela, you didn’t seem to experience more than a little of our blowout last night. What happened? Are you OK? You know I’m a friend you can trust. Honestly you look like someone decided to joust against a centaur, or a champion equestrian, with your head as the grand prize. Who should I sue for excessive use of force? “Calli, please let me go upstairs and go back to sleep if I can. I don’t know whether it was mostly the wine, or the things I ended up saying, no thanks to the wine. But I feel like I’ve just been kicked in the nose by a horse.”

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Stephanie Burt is professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, most recently Don’t Read Poetry (Basic, 2019). These imitations of Callimachus come from her collection, After Callimachus, published by Princeton University Press this spring.

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