A Poetic Interlude ….

Hello, All! The sun’s out, the extremely loud and discourteous upstairs neighbors have finally moved out, and Wales beat England yesterday morning in the men’s Six Nations tourney AND I got to see Sutton Foster in concert with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra last night–and then, this morning, I got the link to the newest World of Myth magazine issue, which features my poem “Raymond’s Choice” among its poetry selections: http://www.theworldofmyth.com/ .

This poem is based on the medieval legend of Melusine, which was the subject of the 2017 collection of scholarly essays I edited and to which I contributed a chapter. Melusine is a fairy cursed to spend every Saturday in half-serpent shape, who falls in love with and marries a human on the condition that he not try to see her on Saturdays. The poem records the moment in which Raymond’s suspicion gets the better of him and he peers through the keyhole, seeing his wife in her half-serpent aspect and sealing their unhappy fate.

I was delighted when World of Myth agreed to publish this short poem, which came to me while I was working on the original draft of my scholarly essay and with which I have tinkered off-and-on for a few years now. The spacing is a little whonky at lines 9 and 11, but they did a great job otherwise of formatting a tricky spacing structure and were lovely to work with as editors. As a writer who has primarily been working on developing my scholarly publications record, I have to say it feels good to publish some of my creative work as well!



About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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