There’s a judicious review-article (of what seems to be a problematic book) up at The Nation website: Jordan Davis on Laura Miller’s book about the Narnia series.
I thought it was pretty impressive, and had never heard of Davis before, so I went in search of his work. I found some of his verse scattered about the internet, and I’m not sure I totally get it, but I was struck by a longish poem with some classical content, “Hero and Leander.” Leander, swimming, sees a girl (except she’s not a girl) peeling an orange (except it’s not an orange) on the beach.
Leander, seeing, dripping as he came
Onto rocky land said May I
Have a piece of that
It was pomegranate and she
Smiled red and said
Here and he was in intense pain
(The whole thing is online here)
I like that “smiled red” bit, and the general design of the poem (insofar as I understand it).
[cross-posted a couple places]