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Rachel Hadas: The Mothers on the Wall

Young men stamping; clouds of dust their feet
Stir up; the gleaming weapons and the heat –
the women, poised and fearful, gazing down
as the squadron marches out of town

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: Camilla

Our newborn granddaughter is named Camilla
from Aeneid VII’s warrior maiden,
the speedy runner, skimming over wheat,
scouring the ocean, keeping her feet dry.

March 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: “Parisian Dream” by Charles Baudelaire

And, proud of what my art had done,
I viewed my painting, knew the great
Intoxicating monotone
Of marble, water, steel and slate.

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms, Michael Simms: Translating Rilke

Every thing is protected
by a grace ready for flight,
every stone and flower
every child at night.

December 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

Audio: William Carlos Williams reads “Seafarer”

He invites the storm, he
lives by it!

March 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Emily Wilson: The Odyssey (A New Translation)

Ed. Note: Emily Wilson is widely believed to be the first woman to translate Homer’s The Odyssey into English. Here are the opening stanzas of the new book which poets and scholars … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

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