BETTING ON THE MUSE by James Goertel

BETTING ON THE MUSE by James Goertel
Gustave Moreau, Hesiod and the Muse (1891)—Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Gustave Moreau, Hesiod and the Muse (1891)—Musée d’Orsay, Paris


I left behind my shadow which was my shame,

pocketed the sun in the same which held
so many snake eyes,

rolled the dice on dark nights filled with only

hissing reminiscence,

the love of a good woman, and the ink in my veins.

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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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