Monthly Archives: September 2010

CATULLUS 37

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Walking late Hackney streets, my breath is raw inside my nostrils, yet cannot be seen when I breathe out. Piles of leaves have been swept and then walked through. What was crisp is more like mulch; when something moves inside … Continue reading

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CATULLUS 36

Volusius’ histories, such awful shite, I’ll burn them and fulfil my Lesbia’s vow to Cupid and to Venus, that since now our quarrel’s over, poems I wrote in spite against her should be burned. Here’s what she said ‘The worst … Continue reading

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CATULLUS 35

Go, letter, tell him now, the sensitive poet Caecilius, that he should take his leave from Como and its pretty lake and hasten to Verona, where I live. If he knew what I know, he would devour the road in … Continue reading

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CATULLUS 34

I got very badly stuck on this one and then I woke up this morning and went – well, it’s a hymn so translate it as one. So, unlike most of my poems, this one is singable – it may … Continue reading

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A new CiF piece on The Politics of Love here.

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CATULLUS 33

The biggest pests the baths have ever seen, Vibennus is a thief. His son’s a queen. One’s sticky fingers sneak into your bag, the other’s always asking for a shag. Why don’t you just fuck off and go to hell? … Continue reading

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