As a mythology teacher, I enjoy contemporary literary interpretations of the classic myths/characters. The title of this poem by Ali first reminded me of Björk‘s “Venus as a Boy.” Some of my favorites in this same vein are in the collection Becoming the Villianess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) by Jeannine Hall Gailey.
Persephone as a Boy
by Kazim Ali
He never says what he feels.
His father used to say, “Your face is like a flower.”
He wilts when he thinks about loneliness…
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