Pas de Deux with Eurydice
The son of Apollo has no voice here—
only the music of Stravinsky’s symphony.
The dancers sing with their unbolted bodies,
wholly lengthened and phantasmagoric.
The Dark Angel leads him through the lyre,
through unfolding underworld—his hand:
another type of lung, breathing. Balanchine
wanted the audience to see each finger splayed
and reaching, extended. But when the anxious
Orpheus tears off his mask, the ballerina collapses
for the floor. The curtain billows and the oboes
are gone. I think about patience and its stupid song.
I can’t wait— Yes, I’m always looking back
at my dead.
Tiana Clark's "After Orpheus" as well as "After Apollo" can be read in the print edition of The Arkansas International 2.
Tiana Clark is the author of the chapbook Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, The Journal, and elsewhere. Find her online at tianaclark.com.