T H E S P E C T A C L E O F T H E H Y B R I D
an ars poetica
by Laurin DeChae
“If a painter should wish to unite a horse’s neck to a human head, and spread a variety of plumage over limbs [of different animals] taken from every part [of nature], so that what is a beautiful woman in the upper part terminates unsightly in an ugly fish below; could you, my friends, refrain from laughter, were you admitted to such a sight.”
—Horace, “Ars Poetica”
About Laurin DeChae
Laurin DeChae is a Ph.D. candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at SUNY Albany, acting as the poetry editor for Barzakh. She received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of New Orleans. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, burntdistrict, Yes Poetry, Pretty Owl Poetry, and elsewhere.