Amy Beeder

Isle of the Narrator
December 12, 2013 Beeder Amy

Isle of the Narrator


It’s true these boots were taken from a dead man,

but he’d already drown’d: I didn’t want his purse.


It’s true I’ve carried infant bones within a kettle

but for the purposes of study only, brother


trust me: you & I are royal twins, operatically estranged—

observe our matching birthmarks, side & thigh!  Sister,


come ashore: nights here are Dionysian: crowns

of thicket, silly incense & umbilic torches,


horns & holy rattles attend the garlanded bull.

Though convictions and my eyeteeth dim in daylight


our severance is too high a price to pay for truth.

And anyway you didn’t voyage here for truth

Amy Beeder is the author of Burn the Field (CMU Press, 2006) and Now Make An Altar (2012).   A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, James Merrill Residence, Bread Loaf Scholarship, and Witness Writers Award, she has also worked as a creative writer instructor, legal writer, freelance reporter, political asylum specialist, high-school teacher in West Africa, and an election and human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname.