the time I always owe to other people

I do not quite believe it but I have come close

So this is a super-hero who loves sweet limits, loves to rhyme, who writes in the literary tradition, seamlessly setting a praise-worthy translation of Sappho's fragment, "Some Say," into an idyllic hymn to a view from a rooftop bar:

Some say that the thing most beautiful

in this world is a fleet of trim sailing ships,

... or a phalanx in close formation, whose flashing spears

make the sun brighter as it sets,

but I

now say the most beautiful thing is the whole of the view

from the stucco roof of a hotel

in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Muske-Dukes is the author of several books of poems, novels, essays and editor of anthologies. She is professor of English/creative writing at USC and founder of the PhD program in Literature and Creative Writing there.