Ancient Optics (Poem)

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BOOKS AND ARTS MAY 15, 1992

Ancient Optics (Poem)

The grey Graeae --
Deino, Enyo, Pemphredo --
shared one eye, but boasted two
"ae"s -- ae ae.
If ae's could see
those three Graeae
need not have grieved.
But ancient Greece
was heavily into
fate and tragedy,
not therapy.
Even Tiresias's
sex-change operation was
permitted to
stall half-way through.

By John Updike

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