Death of a Faun, by William Wootten

Leaning in, by Rachel Hadas

Translated to Greek by George Chaldezos   Students all too commonly misconstrue the poem in which Sappho calls that man equal to a god who, opposite you, leans in and      whispers, etcetera,   tending to assume it’s about two people: speaker/loved one? Beloved and man near her, bending close to her, whom the poet hears as,      heads close together,   they laugh softly? Wait: that makes three. Sweat’s… Read more

Insomnia, Homer, taut sails, by Osip Mandelshtam

Translated by Philip Nikolayev   Insomnia, Homer, taut sails: my lips have lisped Down to the middle the detailed list of ships, That long brood and angular train of cranes That rose above Hellas once on wings of waves. A wedge of cranes into far foreign lands – Divine white froth forming upon kings’ heads – Where have you hoist sail to? If it were not for Helen What would… Read more

ballō: two poems of Reginald Gibbons

Because of Aphrodite   ~ from Liddell-Scott-Jones, βάλλω (ballō)   The force with which something can be thrown, the release, the sweep of arm and wrist—a javelin in games, a heavy spear in combat, or battering blows of winds, and these gusts, too: rain, desire, wildfire’s roaring, fear, and fast-falling stone- cold night in lands of bone- hard darkness and screaming storm blasts that freeze the blood.   But in… Read more

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