Tellus, issue 5

Another of Ailsa Hunt’s excellent series of pamphlets publishing poetry about or inspired by the classical world. This contains some gems, in particular an excerpt from Timothy Chappell’s verbally-powerful translation of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (“and so the house receives back its finished king”), some rather racy contributions (“Whitby” and “More Shapes Than Thetis”), and some great translations of Horace, Homer and Pindar; I particularly liked the updated wine-types in Matthew Landrum’s rhyming version of Horace Odes 1.20:

I laid up wine for your next visit. We’ll forgo
Chianti, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, Bordeaux,

Napa Valley – we’ll drink nothing trans-Atlantic.
We’ll stick to the Sabine special organic…

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