The Return of Odysseus

Eric Pankey

To gather the evening’s cool, the shutters are left open. All at once the cicadas, dumbstruck, cease. She turns toward the shore, senses a squall in the offing. In anticipation of a kiss, she swallows; touches her tongue to her lips. The moon sheds light as transparent as a threadbare dress.

Eric Pankey is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently Crow-Work and Dismantling the Angel. He is the Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University.

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