The Helens of Troy, New York

Poetry

Bernadette Mayer

An ambitious, playful look at identity, myth, and history

Profiles of all the women named Helen in Troy, NY, with poems and images, mixing the classical with the ordinary and delightful intelligence with irreverence.

everybody died
there’s nothing more to say
my hair’s braided like a family
i took off, it was fun, i loved it
if you did something wrong, they punished you
one helen is enough, trust me