A Hellsmouth for Orpheus

By David Appelbaum

Subjects: Poetry
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781930337114, 127 pages, September 2010

Table of contents

Quartet in Two-time
Insurrection Sultana
Deposit of Grace
Some Real Down
Orpheus Himself
Reign of Reason
Dora Rages


To the poet's quest for immortal vision, A Hellsmouth for Orpheus offers the longing of human desire. Raw but discreet, deliberately sensual, evoking an elusive authority, this book-length poem turns to the love of song to rescue life from annihilation by the common-place. As Appelbaum writes,

nature is observed

when eros

disturbs the breath

in heights

with questions

in the mirror