Photograph by Christopher Fleming
THE RACE OFF RHODES
by Taylor Graham
It was Poseidon looking across the waves
and Aphrodite from her temple on the cliff,
while your opponent, body trim
making for a notch between islands,
And she, cutting through the narrows, won.
So the ocean god saluted
the goddess of love with green brine
the distant shore she reached
In addition to Rattlesnake Review and Medusa's Kitchen, Taylor Graham’s poems have appeared in America, The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Ms. Graham is included in the anthology, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present, and her book The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize.