Perseus in Arkansas

By Diane Glancy b. 1941 Diane Glancy
Well, jipes! I floored the Chevy/
fishtailed all over the soft-tarred

Old women babbling by the church
shit no one with balls
goes to flea markets

the road festered at Pelsor
curves at sixty-two

overturned once on these roads
still don’t know how I got out.

“Perseus in Arkansas” from On Age in a Dreamy by Diane Glancy (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1986). Copyright © Diane Glancy. Reprinted with permission from Milkweed Editions.

Source: One Age in a Dream (Milkweed Editions, 1986)

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Poet Diane Glancy b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Heroes & Patriotism, Mythology & Folklore

 Diane  Glancy


Proficient in numerous genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting—Diane Glancy often creates work that reflects her Native American heritage. Part Cherokee, and of English and German descent, Glancy was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as artist-in-residence for the Oklahoma State Arts Council (traveling around the state to teach poetry to Native American students) and has taught Native American literature . . .

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SUBJECT Heroes & Patriotism, Mythology & Folklore

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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