By Annalisa Quinn

Annalisa Quinn is a books/culture reporter for NPR (who does some Ancient Greek on the side.)

  1. Previously from Annalisa Quinn: A new Sappho poem. Film critic Alice Mays Foamed at the mouth And foretold the end of days. The New Yorker’s Harry St Crownable Proved himself unputdownable -- The needle missed the vein, and he Fled the euthanizer, hooting with glee. The Times’ stalwart Hugo Balwart With a judiciously-timed riposte Slew the boar, and ate its dripping heart.

  2. But you’re always saying Charaxus is coming

    With a full ship. That much, I think, only Zeus

    knows, him and all of the gods.

    It isn’t right for you to think you know these things.


    But send me as a messenger,

    to offer many prayers to Queen Hera

    That Charaxus might arrive here

    with his ship unharmed


    And find us safe.