“How to describe the charm and piquancy and high spirits and sheer originality of In Your Myths? Call it a mythological novel in verse – many different kinds of verse, including lighthearted Englishings of ancient Greek forms. Daphne, the sexy innocent, offspring of a nymph and a seer, pursues her complex destiny – or it pursues her – in a landscape as fresh as morning and peopled by gods who are human as herself. No poet I know of writes anything like this – Becca Menon dances to the tune of her own Panpipes, and the reader follows, entranced.” – Katha Pollitt, author of The Mind-Body Problem: Poems, and columnist, The Nation
Metamorphosis of the Laurel
The Triumph of Apollo
Part love story, part fairy tale, part novel of ideas, IN YOUR MYTHS dances through Greek mythology by following the decidedly fetching steps of Daphne, famed for her metamorphosis into a laurel tree.
In this verse narrative (told using lively, accessible renderings of Ancient Greek meters), some of the shine comes off “shining” Apollo.
Daphne has given her heart – and other delectable parts – to the great god Pan. That half-goat’s playful energies hold sway not only over her, but over the entire life-affirming book.
This novel is story first and foremost; but it can also be read as a response to Friederich Nietzsche’s “The Birth of Tragedy.” It offers an earthy alternative to the eternal dialectical shenanigans between Apollo and Dionysus by describing a world – and creating an entertainment – in the image of the greatest romper of them all: the laughing, prancing god of the frolic, deus ludens, Pan.