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By Richmond Lattimore

"Professor Lattimore, maintaining heavily to the unique metres, has produced renderings of significant energy and wonder. His feeling for the telling noun and verb, the straightforward but poignant epithet, and the dramatic flip of syntax is marked. He has thoroughly freed the poems from sentimentality, and the exciting historical names—Anacreon, Alcaeus, Simonides, Sappho—acquire clean brilliance and energy less than his hand."—Louise Bogan, the recent Yorker

"The major caliber of Mr. Lattimore's types is they are natural. The lenses he offers are as transparent as our language is able to making them."—Moses Hadas, N.Y. bring in Tribune

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Death and Grief 43 All our motion was brought to conclusion by your broken body at rest on the ground. Your breath never rose to the oxygen placed on your face and your heart never rallied to the arms pressing your chest. You wore the perfect clothes: the ashy grey of death. At the hospital they said your failure to survive was complete. Though I never saw the neck you perfectly broke or your body cleanly draped by a sheet, I did see your dead face bruising up at me and for lack of something moving to touch, I clutched the stop watch which had not died.

Define it for yourself; we won't begin to attempt to talk about the difference between "erotic" and "pornographic," except to say that the best definition we ever heard was this: "Erotica is what I like. " 10. Read all of David Trinidad's "Eighteen to Twenty-One" (printed in the anthology High Risk), and write your own sexual history, or a part of it. Writing the Erotic 11. Write a poem to a particular lover—or would-be lover—designed to make him or her wild with passion. Describe exactly what you're going to do, wear, say, and so on.

I can't remember the tale, but hear his voice still, a well of dark water, a prayer. And I recall his hands, two measures of tenderness he laid against my face, the flames of discipline he raised above my head. Had you entered that afternoon you would have thought you saw a man planting something in a boy's palm, a silver tear, a tiny flame. Had you followed that boy you would have arrived here, where I bend over my wife's right hand. Look how I shave her thumbnail down so carefully she feels no pain.

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