Panic Catches

Abigail Beaumont, Butler University


In this long form narrative poem, the speaker is led out into the wilderness and encounters panic in the form of the god Pan. Pan appears in Greek mythology as a raucous god of revelry at times and as moody and destructive in his anger and brutality at other times. This is how panic attacks find her.

In writing this project I wanted a character I could tack the panic on, a character I could address, understand, and defeat. Instead what I found was myself, and wildness.