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July 7, 2018



About This Poem


This poem was published in Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics (Chatto and Windus, 1907), translated by Bliss Carman.


Sappho was born around 615 B.C. on the Greek island of Lesbos. Her poems were first collected into nine volumes around the third century B.C., but her work was lost almost entirely for many years. Historians posit Sappho died of old age around 550 B.C.


Poetry by Sappho


If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, translated by Anne Carson

(Vintage, 2003)

"Elegy in Joy [excerpt]" by Muriel Rukeyser


"Brilliant Juice" by Todd Colby


"Drench" by Anne Stevenson


July Guest Editor: Adrian Matejka


Thanks to Adrian Matejka, author of Map to the Stars (Penguin Press, 2017), who curated Poem-a-Day this month. Read more about Matejka and our guest editors for the year.

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