Herod’s Confusion

From the November 2003 Print Edition

As her dance dissolves and smiling Salome Sashays across the floor in smoky veils To join her scheming mother, Herod sighs, Seeing how foolishly he’s just behaved” Losing his head to such a vapid girl, Whose liquid rippling of breasts and thighs Writhing in time to pipes and throbbing . . . . Continue Reading »

A Lesson in Hermeneutics

From the February 2002 Print Edition

In Kenya, vervet monkeys take the ground Until a sentry gives a chattering bark, Which in the simple vervet lexicon Means snake , and connotes evil , death , and dark . Or else the sentry makes a guttural sound That translates in our own more complex tongue To hawk or eagle circling for prey, And . . . . Continue Reading »