Christopher Logue is the author of All Day Permanent Red: The First Battle Scenes of Homer’s Iliad Rewritten, of which the poem in this issue is a part. The new book, just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is the latest installment of War Music, an adaptation of the Iliad. His other works include several volumes of poetry, a pornographic novel, and a memoir, Prince Charming. (May 2003)

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During the fighting over the body of Patroclus, Prince Hector tries and fails to capture the horses that power Achilles’ chariot. Thereafter they refuse to move across the battlefield until:    On Ida’s side Women waist deep in twilight sit and spin.    Within a bowshot of the dunes …