The Myth of Orpheus
Callanan’s clipped language mirrors the military metaphors in the poem: shrieking monitors, patients who wander away then are slap-slapped back to attention, perhaps proud of their little insurrections.
Mark Callanan is the author of Scarecrow [Killick Press, 2003], critically-acclaimed first book of poems, and Sea Legend [Frog Hollow Press, 2010], winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.