PoetryIssue 23 | November 2015

Two Poems by David Havird

The Spell

I picture you,
knife in one hand,
sandal upside down
in the other, wanting a third
to handle the mirror.
Follow me,

your footprints spell
in the dust. Amid the rubble
on either side
of the Street of Tombs,
not a stele
standing. Where

have you swished off to,
through what gate cruised?
(I’ve come ashore
with harpoon eyes.)
Swinging your hips
like a fishtail, where?

—Kerameikos, Athens

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About the author

David Havird is the author of two collections, “Map Home” (2013) and “Penelope’s Design”(2010), which won the 2009 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Agni, The New Yorker, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and Yale Review. A professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana, he has been teaching a May course in Greece since 2009.

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