Jeff Harrison

Jeff Harrison's poetry collection "Fickleyes, Futilears, & William Wormswork" is available from MAG Press. He has three chapbooks from Writers Forum, Persistencia Press, and Furniture Press. He has two e-books at xPress(ed), and one at Blazevox. His poetry has appeared in Nerve Lantern, Sentence, Mipoesias, Big Bridge, Cipher Journal, Dirt, Xerography, Argotist, Moria, Dusie, Kitchen Sink, Wandering Hermit Review, and elsewhere.

And now refers only to Lethe's diverting ripple

Are the roses in this poem roses, as in plants? If so, are they to rove aerially? The initial use of the word "for" seems to be a synonym of "because". Is the second use of the word "for" identical to the first, or is it a synonym of other words? Consider the polysemy of other words in this poem, such as "so". Does the word "you" change its referent in the next stanza? Can the title of the poem be read anew as a second final line?

As the ships sailed on with their cargo of Rosa virginiana

Is "barks" a synonym of "speech", as well as "ships"? If so, does it lend weight to the possibility that the "you" is addressed to the ships, and not the satyrs? Are the ships sailing past the shores, or away from them? Is the mention of the shepherds and the angel a Biblical allusion?