Don’t let another god appear
in the theater.
It’s so disappointing.
When the gods are called, and they come
and prance around like the bodies of men,
they’re ruined for me.
Let them be wonderful,
not pigeons in sunlight,
nor the dumb sea confusing Ithacan sailors.
Stop pestering those strange creatures.
We may find someday
we need them.”
Anthony Carelli holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA from New York University. In 2011 he received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, AGNI online, Columbia, Memorious, and others. His first book, Carnations, was a finalist for the 2011 Levis Reading Prize. Carelli teaches expository writing at New York University. He is originally from Wisconsin; he is currently based in Brooklyn.