Friday, February 15, 2019

Maybe That Beggar Really Was a Cretan

What’s strange is the lies
That Odysseus uses
When the poem says he’s lying
Are not magical,

Are dull and the sorts of tales
Anyone lying might tell,
But the adventures
For which he is still famous—

Circe, Cyclops, Helios,
Tiresias, all the rest—
Unpacked in a single night,

The poem presents as the truth.
How many ways were we duped?

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