Homer: War Music (by Christopher Logue)

Original Text: 
Christopher Logue, War Music: An Account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer's Iliad (London: Faber & Faber, 2001). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2002 International Shortlist).
1Picture the east Aegean sea by night,
2And on a beach aslant its shimmering
3Upwards of 50,000 men
4Asleep like spoons beside their lethal Fleet.
5      Now look along that beach, and see
6Between the keels hatching its western dunes
7A ten-foot-high reed wall faced with black clay
8Split by a double-doored gate;
9Then through the gate a naked man
10Run with what seems to break the speed of light
11Across the dry, then damp, then sand invisible
12Beneath inch-high waves that slide
13Over each other's luminescent panes;
14Then kneel among those panes, burst into tears, and say:
15      'Mother,
16You said that you and God were friends.
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011