“Sappho Drives Upstate (Fr. 2)”
A Poem by Anne Carson

From the New Freeman's Arrival Issue

November 18, 2019  By Anne Carson

 I saw two old white horses in a field,
in the corner of a field,
in the shade,
who had sought the shade,
glancing not quite at each other but past,
holding their heads close, their heads aligned,
as they had stood many times,
a thousand times,
standing so,
weak moments, strong moments,
shivering slightly,
a cool breeze sliding down the apple branches or
All this
you tore a hole, pushed your arm through, hit the switch.


The preceding is from the Freeman’s channel at Literary Hub, which features excerpts from the print editions of Freeman’s, along with supplementary writing from contributors past, present and future. The upcoming issue of Freeman’s, a collection of writings on Arrival, featuring work by Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdrich, Anne Carson, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Lydia Davis, David Mitchell, and more, is available now.

Anne Carson
Anne Carson
Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Her most recent book is Iphigenia among the Taurians.

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