October 1, 2023

AMOREM: A HISTORY OF LOVE     audentem Forsque Venusque iuvat *** Ἄειδε μοῦσά μοι φίλη, μολπῆς δ’ ἐμῆς κατάρχου· αὔρη δὲ σῶν ἀπ’ ἀλσέων ἐμὰς φρένας δονείτω. *** PREFATIO Dear readers all: You will recall that Dante ..Lettered Laura, though never braved to kiss her. Recall that Petrarch rhymed his Beatrice ..Respectfully, because he…

September 1, 2023

  Roses are red, violets are blue, et cetera.  Perhaps you have composed a verse on the theme, as did John Jenkins in 10th Grade English, “Roses are red, violets are purple, sugar is sweet, and so is maple surple.”  A sincere effort.  Not quite Nash, but even so. John, a fine person, recently passed…

Priapeia Poetry article mosaic
December 1, 2022

Essentially Priapus: A New Priapeia   Feminism.  This too shall pass.  Nature will have its way after we’ve gone astray.  Always has.  Always shall.  Each thing is as it is made.  For instance, Priapus was carved of a living olive tree in the moment of bringing forth fruit, the seed and oil.  Fertile and virile,…

Priapeia Poetry article mosaic
November 1, 2022

The Priapeia, a new translation and sympathetic interpretation of the God and the ancient text     Many gods and goddesses occupy the high temples of Olympus and crowd the many niches of museums.  You will know and recognize Aegis-Bearing Zeus, Cow-Eyed Hera, Phoebus Apollo, Pallas Athena and others of the sky-gods, you might even…

October 1, 2022

  Potina, Lady of the Stag   In the saffron field above a pleasure-palace in the rich seaport of Akrotiri, Aiyana gathers blooms for a festival to honor the goddess and the earth opens and black plumes rise … so begins, Potina, Lady of the Stag, the story of a girl.   This, a girl…

Priapeia Poetry article mosaic
July 1, 2022

Paideia, Book I of Colloquies, A Review of Civilization in Little Songs   Wonder what Isocrates might have made of me.  A Greek, I suppose.  As ipso facto he did, just as he made you, Greek.  We are who we are by how we know of what we are, universally, biologically, creatures who can know…

Pliny, Beautiful Living
June 1, 2022

Classical Poets and Expansive Poetry When you come to be my age (God willing, you do) patterns reveal themselves, show themselves more real than real, mutable things.  But then, alike you, I have always seen patterns, and this the cause, I suppose, that we are classical poets.  Something about the pattern patterning, God’s universe, the…

May 1, 2022

The Barbarity Renewed Stanza   Each day upon waking the progressive pisses, snarls, reads her New York Times or watches his CNN, renews fury, and ventures into civilization to destroy it.  Or sometimes families tune their collective consciousness to NPR and disappear into fog, never to awaken.  Each new day barbarity is renewed in anger…

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