Body, My Dumpster: Poetry Podcast Episode 4

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In this episode of The Versed Poetry Podcast, Nora & Rachel discuss "The Pope's Penis" by Sharon Olds, "Question" by May Swenson, and an old chicken carcass that Nora ate standing up.

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The Pope's Penis
by Sharon Olds

It hangs deep in his robes, a delicate
clapper at the center of a bell.
It moves when he moves, a ghostly fish in a
halo of silver seaweed, the hair
swaying in the dark and the heat -- and at night
while his eyes sleep, it stands up
in praise of God.

Question
by May Swenson

Body my house
my horse my hound
what will I do
when you are fallen

Where will I sleep
How will I ride
What will I hunt

Where can I go
without my mount
all eager and quick
How will I know
in thicket ahead
is danger or treasure
when Body my good
bright dog is dead

How will it be
to lie in the sky
without roof or door
and wind for an eye

With cloud for shift
how will I hide?

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released November 16, 2012

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