Issue No. 2, Autumn 2012

Greek Mythology in Portland, Oregon
Nathaniel Hansen

Like Sisyphus condemned
to repetition—though rolling up
and down was not a rock, but
my sedan—I tried to scale
a driveway powder-packed
from an anomalous snow-storm.

Like that fated king, I slipped
the curse from drive to reverse,
let it slide to the base, but then,
because I could, I let it rest—
until compelled to return when
desire might overcome my lot.

Nathaniel Hansen’s poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem, Picayune, Bryant Literary Review, Slurve, The Evansville Review, and South Dakota Review, among others. His is also the founder and editor of the online literary quarterly, The Blue Bear Review (