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By Gordon L. Fain

ISBN-10: 0520947762

ISBN-13: 9780520947764

After Sappho yet earlier than the nice Latin poets, an important brief poems within the historical global have been Greek epigrams. starting with basic expressions engraved on stone, those poems ultimately encompassed approximately each topic we now go along with lyric poetry in English. a few of the best are on love and may later exert a profound effect on Latin love poets and, via them, on the entire poetry of Europe and the West. This quantity deals a consultant number of the easiest Greek epigrams in unique verse translation. It showcases the poetry of 9 poets (including one woman), with many epigrams from the lately found Milan papyrus. Gordon L. Fain presents an obtainable normal creation describing the emergence of the epigram in Hellenistic Greece, including brief essays at the existence and paintings of every poet and short explanatory notes for the poems, making this assortment a great anthology for a large viewers of readers.

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Indd 53 6/29/07 11:31:20 AM And thinking of you in winter the river speckled with snow will not be the slab where your body last lay. indd 54 6/29/07 11:31:20 AM Notes for My Body Double The plot hole by which you must enter in to the story is a doozy, a real humdinger, if you will, and it is all made of fire, the way the stars are made of fire, though we dream them to be utterly cold and prickly with a sad light. Nothing ever stops in my world to hear me singing to you. I have always loved you, sweet twin, beloved doppelgänger, alien lump of word in my mouth, language I spent three years learning only to forget when it grew too hard the phrases that meant something: Dear, I am your long lost butter cookie; and, I am sorry, it was accidental, but I have dipped the poodle in laudanum.

Indd 43 6/29/07 11:31:17 AM My Philosophy of Other Lives Of all my imagined, diabolical anti-selves, of all the stunted needlers and stark oglers, of all the speed-sick throttlers and scabbed denizens of the night, of all the sepia-soaked lycanthropes and lumbering, green, aphasiac dead, of all those blooded with derring-do, of all those itching for wrongness, of all those hanging by one more snapped neck, of the dread, burned ones, the vanished, the halved, the spilled, the broken, numb and blind ones, of the ones whose last words to the air even I do not know, of the transparent, the invidious and the benighted, the ones by a word scalded, the ones who stepped from paintings, the scribblers by candle of odes and epodes to their dashed and slanted loves, of tomorrow’s appetites, of the larkspur, of the moldering world, of you who I loved and failed and the slack apologies between, of so much rust, of the line drooping with clothes, of the ditch brimming with rain and the book, swollen and deformed, there at the clear bottom that no one now will read— of those words, that story, that beginning and end, of those ruined lives let my song shiver like struck piano wire.

O. It is enough to whisper only this. To speak to the flame in your breast and hear nothing else. indd 47 6/29/07 11:31:18 AM that meant nothing and all in that instant. Against your door I pressed my ear, and heard nothing, the whisper of water, maybe, a breath of cool air— the gossip of your absence— and nothing in me could knock or wait, and all around me the night spread like water through a rag, and I let my hands drop whatever they held. indd 48 6/29/07 11:31:19 AM These Arms of Mine Let’s promise never to love like the octopus: floating in darkness, in jellied ink, its beak the only hardness it knows, and though I can’t imagine how it helps matters, in the eight-armed midst of its mating, a limb will often fall away from the body, by ecstasy amputated to the silt.

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