"You seem to be a very ingenious, eloquent and persuasive godling."

(p. 65)

The Greek Myths: 1 by Robert Graves

Anne Gorrick

A god of transitions and boundaries / second youngest of the Olympian gods / son of the Pleiades / God of shepherds, land travel, and literature / the immortal conductor of the dead / of trade, wealth, luck, fertility, animal husbandry, sleep, language, thieves, travel / Hermes’ resume includes: Loafers, Sneakers, Boots, Flats, Derbys / Nautilus: a Hermes fountain pen in anodized aluminum with a brushed stainless steel underside, iridium point, and an 10-carat white gold nib / Shop Hermès range of iconic "H" enamel bracelets in an assortment of orange hues / Hermes blank notebook with silk cover in graphite "Brazil" print, silk page marker and vellum paper (144 pages) / Measures 6" x 4.2" / Silk is selected at random and may not be exactly as shown


I sit on apple watch in the orchard

Track the

bracelets and bangles and blankets

scarves and cufflinks and dog collars

keychains and knockoffs and necklaces

and swimwear of the gods

Release dates are abrasive

An airport’s review of days

crossed arms in a body bag

from Dallas, Dubai

I am engraved with Equipage, Eau de Merveilles

Europe enamels its fragrance facts in its trees

This god’s party bags are filled with gardens

There is a hotel on Mykonos

in the Odyssey

Jige clutch, Jypsiere


Office, meetings, errands, outings - there's a bag for every moment, every mood, and every use / Enjoy it in a complimentary orange box / Discover God's Plan For Mankind / Free Study / Complimentary shipping · Shop online · Fragrance gift set · Established in 1837 / HERMES is an experiment investigating the quark-gluon structure of matter / Explore elegance & spontaneity in this god of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them / of shepherds and cowherds / Fast and reliable message broker built on top of Kafka / Sound foundations / Deep in the basement of MIT's Building 3 / a two-legged robot named HERMES is wreaking controlled havoc and punching through drywall / The bird of Hermes is my name eating my wings / Hermes is a time-tracking application integrated with the Horde Framework / It ties into Turba (to retrieve clients) and Nag and Whups (to retrieve cost objects) / He’s constructed of 200 digestable answers / "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back" / Hermes is called Psychopompos (or Herdsman of the dead or guider of souls) / In 2002 we observed an asteroid / 2002 SY50 / that bears a striking resemblance to Hermes


Her bracelets are a form of landscaping

The locations in Le Jardin de Monsieur

I want a Hermes messenger bag

The internet burns with his official website

Plates, qualities, a quantum quartet

I will roadrace your name into Cleveland

your replica in a Roman name

Hermes Trismegistus as psychopomp, give me safe passage

Pronounce this perfume

Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

in a giftset

The vanity vineyard of Vetiver Tonka

Artemis fanfiction garden party tote bag

The year is stamped on that yellow bag

Zebras on your Pegasus scarf


He encountered a tortoise and quickly devised a plan / There is an unspecified “they” whom Hermes instructed / trying to see into the other's dream from his borderline / Hermes also visits New York staying with Jean Barr, Feenie (a writer) and Zeke Ziner (sculptor) in their enormous old Hudson River Valley mansion in Dobbs Ferry / These activities require skill and dexterity, like wrestling and gymnastic exercises / This idea of the magical-supernatural capabilities of Hermes predominates in the Arabic texts / Of hours/maps / commerce, eloquence, invention, travel, and theft / Check the Godchecker guide / Project Hermes is the first global effort to measure ocean temperatures worldwide at the scale of the ecosystem


Is there any meat this man can’t jerk?

My name, my corporate headquarters

In Istanbul

used saddles: Isthme, Isolella

Translate these flowers

Launched, show jumping team

Sandusky, Ohio

Waste services

Known for carrying these tools

Married to

Written by

Created by

Avalon ashtray watchstrap

Crossbody clic clac

Dogon wallet, Oran

Futurama networth

Terre d’Hermes

and the infant Uniqlo

Zebra tie, zip agenda


"The deep five is the aquatic equivalent of a high five" / You are now an ambassador of Project Hermes / birkin-bag-jane birkin Style icon Jane Birkin wants her name taken off crocodile-skin versions of the Hermes handbags she inspired / Novel hp-adaptivity algorithms help solve a large variety of problems / IT'S a tricky thing, fashion, when it comes to a stealth luxury house like Hermes / HerMES is the Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey, an astronomical project to study the evolution of galaxies in the distant Universe / HeRMES is a student-run free clinic which operates in partnership with area health / Take this online personality test / Casino Hermes provides a large collection of the most favorite casino games for gambling players / Peek inside the orange box / This Hermes is a friendly, pluggable chat bot


(after Till Other Voices Wake Us by George Oppen)


and then to alleviate the sorrow, misery of etc

and the distance covered by a flying object


A number of beings or things fly or pass through the air together


The origin of memory, a new urgency

The capability of the immune system

to produce a specific secondary response to an antigen it has previously encountered

Of the origin of adolescence, onset, noun of state

An exclamation of mild surprise or dismay

a precursor, prototype, or early form

presumably from baby-speak


Indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits

Indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial

Fleurs-de-lis or upon azure

in place of I in formal speech

We stand on end; bristle


As in time, on a scale, or in order

an object, as a stone shaft, set in the ground to mark boundaries

in a manner (directed, agreed, promised, etc) variant


To press, crush, or injure something

(often with mild condescension or sarcasm)

(of a male bird) to copulate

to perform by walking or dancing


A special form or variety of this liquid, as rain

full of or abounding in

stones or rock (a stony beach)

without expression, especially as dependent on tide

Indicate derivation

any enduring evidence or notable example of something


very or extremely

We bring the lower layers of (sod, soil, etc) to the surface, as in plowing

Hectic, slapdash, in this abandoned home


So we remain supported by or suspended from

are, hour, our

the track, ground, water on which a race is run, sailed

Let’s appear before an audience

See me

(used to express possibility):

(used to express advisability):

(used in polite requests for permission):

as a process of inorganic accretion


To have one's appreciation exhausted repeatedly:

to die under water or other liquid of suffocation

to kill by submerging under water or other liquid

to slake (lime) by covering with water and letting stand

To cut, write, German reissen to tear, draw, Old Norse rīta to score, write

To scratch runes into bark


An informal, simplified spelling

has a specifying or particularizing effect


We are nightlessly garmenting


I am something having the shape of an A

I am "young animals collectively, offspring" a rabbit

while they accustom (a hawk) to the human presence

which probably is distantly related

to a cardinal number, ten plus nine

Informal: a twenty-dollar bill


The muses dress smartly

their nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistols

an act of making or becoming unlike


This ninth letter

in honor or abuse

a symbol or vehicle of divinity

the indefinite or generalizing force

a thick block or crystal of mica in pages



A succession of coordinate sentence elements

used during part of a geological epoch

an end-to-end arrangement of pearls

pragmatic, secondhand

a stratigraphical unit

For example: 2 + 2 2+ 2 3+ 2 4+ 2 5+ ...


All the cake; all the way; all year


To stop abruptly, bound back, or roll off to one side after hitting an object

A communal occasion where one does what is indicated

something happens, often by surprise

Indiana, indium

We note ourselves separately

in all innumerable phases, aspects

the effect of light falling on us, as an object


The lungs, especially of sheep, pigs etc.

pale, whitish, or not deep or dark in color

Turn or switch on (an electric light)

to have in one's grasp or one's control, but not necessarily as one's own

to investigate; consider:

something having the shape of a U

an impersonal subject

(in children's games) the player whose turn it is to try to touch another

in order to describe, identify, or amplify

One typically resembles the cry of dogs


This is extremely difficult to count

governing an unexpressed

arrangement of drawers or pigeonholes for keeping valuables

any cunning contrivance, treachery

in this glacial drift


I'd like to live in some other city

The TV show follows the lives of people who are married, single, or other

A normal loss: the sound or sounds uttered through the mouth of living creatures

the resonant effect of the tongue and the mouth

to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state

We are the tracks of waves left by a ship or other object moving through the water

the tincture, or metal, gold: represented either by gold or by yellow


We are copulative verbs

drowning in (m)ink


covered with or enveloped in


Anne Gorrick is a writer and visual artist.  

She is the author of six books of poetry including most recently: An Absence So Great and Spontaneous it is Evidence of Light (The Operating System, 2018) and The Olfactions: Poems on Perfume (BlazeVOX Books, 2017). She co-edited, with poet Sam Truitt, In|Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Writing from the Hudson River Valley (Station Hill Press, 2016).  

Anne Gorrick lives in West Park, New York.