Singing Glory

Homer (if there were
a such) said Poets are not
to blame for how

world is. He/she/they
put the blame on Zeus that poor
Odysseus had

to slaughter his way
home to Ithaca, if not
to persevering

Penelope. (But
she’s another story.) Back
up fifteen hundred

years as Gilgamesh
sought the why-of-it-all, his
quest for eternal

life after his best
bro dies. What is it with
hallelujahs for

carnage? Is Zeus still
the problem? Why keep sending
heroes on journeys,

expecting some guy
to bring home a tale of blame,
and gore-filled escapades?

What kind of father
sends away a beloved son
to a bloody death?

Poets, reframe. Call out
these misnamed claims. Hubris,
sin, not laurels of glory.

The Odyssey p. 116 tr. Emily Wilson  

Broadstone Books published Meredith Trede’s Bringing Back the House this March. Main Street Rag Press published Tenement Threnody. Stephen F. Austin State University Press published Field Theory. A Toadlily Press founder, her chapbook, Out of the Book, was in Desire Path. Other journal publications include Barrow Street, The Feminist Wire, Friends Journal, San Pedro River Review, and A Gathering of Tribes. Meredith has had residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, Saltonstall, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia and France. She’s on the Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee