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Learning Latin in Sparta
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Agricola, farmer was the first word
and after that came the terms for war.

My parents have chosen two options:
the parts of the body, the parts of law.

From the egg to the apples, I hold
a wolf by the ears. We learn the history

of a dead empire across the sea, not
of our place here: this town first

named Columbus, for the man
who discovered this world, before men

met at a general store and chose
a new name, Sparta, a bricktown of coal.

We decline, we derive, from cotton
and castor beans and the railroad from

St. Louis to Cairo. A runway runs so close
to Pizza Hut, it has a light that strobes.

I’m bad with names of generals
but hold to stories, like the opal,

now bad luck, once precious in Rome.
It is my grandmother’s name. Bonus,

bona, bonum, like her, I try
whiskey alone. An eagle doesn’t eat flies.

Soil folds around the crop rotations.
We fit personal endings to verb forms.

Angie Macri  

Angie Macri was born and raised in southern Illinois. Her recent work appears in Alaska Quarterly Review and South Dakota Review. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she teaches in Little Rock.

Copyright © 2013 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
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Angie Macri. "Learning Latin in Sparta." Cream City Review 37.2 (2013): 24-24. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Macri, A.(2013). Learning Latin in Sparta. Cream City Review 37(2), 24. Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Angie Macri. "Learning Latin in Sparta." Cream City Review 37, no. 2 (2013): 24-24. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 20, 2014).
T1 - Learning Latin in Sparta
A1 - Angie Macri
JF - Cream City Review
VL - 37
IS - 2
SP - 24
EP - 24
PY - 2013
PB - Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
SN - 2166-014x
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cream_city_review/v037/37.2.macri.html
N1 - Volume 37, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2013-2014
ER -


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