Editor’s Note, June 30

Hello again after our short break and a crazy hot and stormy week!

We’re glad you’re joining us and we’re especially pleased to welcome back FM friend and contributor, James Scruton. Continuing on with our “Greek” obsession, he gives us a two-part poem as his own version of afterwords in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. In “After Ilium”, he transforms the waiting for and after battle into something stunningly contemplative. Then with “Axe-Heads”, he employs that same elegance (which is simply marvelous) as he gives us Odysseus suspended in the moment of the epic’s climatic and terribly violent event.



Angela Maria Williams


Fickle Muses


Contributor Notes: James Scruton’s work has most recently appeared in Poet Lore, Thema, Slipstream, and Poetry South. He is the author of two chapbooks: Galileo’s House, available from Finishing Line Press, and Exotics and Accidentals, available from graysonbooks.com. A sampling of other poems can be found at poetryfoundation.org.