1. Home
  2. Poetry Magazine
  3. Poems
  4. Who Lived Among Them by Olivia Clare
Who Lived Among Them

Related Poem Content Details

Two rooms, the Aegean, 2008,
there lived a rhapsode and his wife.
When they ate, they ate straight
from the vine. Her curves, sibilance,
Serbo-Croatian chants. His chants,
curves of clocks, burnished bells.
When they ate, they boiled wings and gills.

Nights, slate olives, he couldn’t see.
Your words are what’s missing of me.
Nights, slate olives, the girl who watched
goats leapt the fence
of fret wire to watch
the rhapsode’s wife writhe lily-wide.
When they ate, they ate straight from the fire.
Source: Poetry (July/August 2009)

More from this issue

This poem originally appeared in the July/August 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

  • Search every issue of Poetry

Your results will be limited to content that appeared in Poetry magazine. Search the whole site

Who Lived Among Them

Related Poem Content Details

  • Search every issue of Poetry

Your results will be limited to content that appeared in Poetry magazine. Search the whole site

Other Information