Instructions on Damaging the Monster's Cloak of Invisibility
Grendel appears as a wolf in the kitchen Grendel appears as a shark beneath the dining room floor Grendel appears as a monster named Grendel Might I have some money? asks a man and you turn: is this the monster? Here, says a nun, let's watch TV together I knew and liked your mother Grendel Grendel Grendel you say cowering in the dream of the shark that cowers inside the dream of the wolf Say his name enough and it sits like snow on a chain link fence not so invisible now
From The Animals All Are Gathering, published by University of Pittsburgh Press. Copyright © 2011 by Bradley Paul. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
Bradley Paul is the author of The Animals All Are Gathering (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.
Date Published: 2011-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/instructions-damaging-monsters-cloak-invisibility