PoetryIssue 15 | June 2012

An Ancient Citizen’s Tweets From Athens, Greece

by Sandra Larson

Athena, your temple has collapsed. Crazy people are trying to piece it together but I have no heart to tell them they’re centuries too late.

Eroded gods in a state of undress. Majestic friezes, columns grounded, pocked, dirty ribs out of rhyme. britmuseum.com/allegations

Gone are the gardens and pools. No respite from summer heat, and sand sticks in your sandals in this marble-dusty place. @trees/carob/olive

How I long for vistas of pure light. The cerulean sky now wears a dirty shroud. Arrived Hilton. city.athens.com/autoemmissions

Dinner on the balcony overlooking the Acropolis. The night sky has no stars, yet the view of absence is clear. hotels.greece.com/parthenon

Artemis draped in her full moon, hangs low, dropping gold dust on the Parthenon and odd light shines from inside it. @postcards.com/athens

I must admit, whatever the disappointment, I’m still a proud Athenian. Broken beauty is still beautiful. #greekart @acropolis.com.

Today hurried thru the still-labyrinthine streets to the Agora. Regal iris bloom among its ruins. greek.history.com/democracy/centerof

I knew Socrates was gone, but where are all the other philosophers, traders, criminals? And no pickled fish! urban.renewal.com/lawsuits

And women walk as they wish! I’d like to take this idea back to our golden age. @golden.age/womenrights

Fake stars strung over our neighborhood streets & different folks out at all hours & still grilled lamb abounds restaurants.com/traditional

Sipping weak mead at Hilton. Like time, our bees have fled @apilogy/wine. Delphi soon. I’ll see what remains there. travel.com/Corinth

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Poetry

Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok