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Topic: Eimear Laffan

Shaking the Tail: Ganymede’s Dog by John Emil Vincent

The titular and opening poem of Ganymede’s Dog dominos quickly from the abductee of the ancient myth to his appropriation by Budweiser (a depiction of the boy being carried away by an eagle once graced the beverage’s label) to the cup bearer’s dog who was left “carrying on in the various oil paintings taken down by witnesses.” If we thought we were heaven bound with the boy, we are instead startled back to earth and into the company of the eponymous Joey who is left to mourn after his boy.

One Man’s Embankment: Mad Long Emotion by Ben Ladouceur

Ben Ladouceur follows Otter, his Gerald Lampert Memorial Award-winning debut collection, with Mad Long Emotion. It opens with a direct address to the reader in “Property of: _________________.” The poem is a “gift like every gift,” for the giver and not the receiver. The poem is for the poet.