American Poetry Review - Paisley Rekdal - "Nightingale: A Gloss"

Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus Language is the first site of loss and our first defense against it. Which is why after Philomela's brother-in-law, Tereus, rapes her, he cuts out her tongue and tosses it, the bloody stump hissing at the girl's feet. * In my poem "Philomela," I leave out this mutilation.

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