Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and Harvard Review. Her newest poetry collections are Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing) and The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body (Anaphora Literary Press).
All This Measuring of Truth
If an ocean is named after a king who killed himself
thinking his son dead after battling a minotaur or slain by Amazons
does that mean that king was real, and if so
does it mean that his son was real
and the monsters were real
and the heroes in all of the related stories were real?
If a mountain is named as the home of a god
and that peak can be climbed
and the remains of a palace, or a whole palace, are found
does that mean that god is real
and the stories are real
and all of it’s true?