‘Strength and Disgrace’ Strike 4/4: Transformations Poems (Book 9)

With grateful thanks to Nicky Mortlock for her patience & dexterity as the website guru ;0) This one was a particular challenge as far as layout is concerned.



George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab


Poems Inspired by Book 9


Richard Biddle and Nat Hall


Becoming Tree

by Richard Biddle


as the labyrinthine brain shreds into a maze of mutations
and unburdens itself of language
as the gnashing teeth clack like glockenspiel blocks
and varnished nails vanish in a panic of burnished light;

imagine no-footedness, the cessation of journeying
imagine an amnesty of grateful arms gracefully
embracing the birds’ hollow bones
imagine not imagining

as the realisation of non-self engulfs this body with
molecular precision
as death’s imitation spreads its follicular canopy
above nibbling insects and spongy humus

imagine a factory, a pulp-plant manufacturing seedpods
imagine a container, a casket for nascent fungi
a treasury of lumber
imagine an artificial jungle

then see…

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