Stephanie Burt

Stephanie Burt is professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, most recently Don’t Read Poetry (Basic, 2019). These imitations of Callimachus come from her collection, After Callimachus, published by Princeton University Press this spring.

July/Aug 2020

Epigram 57; Epigram 58

By Stephanie Burt

An imitation of Callimachus’s epigrams These poems adapt, very liberally, epigrams by Callimachus, who lived and wrote in Greek, in Alexandria, during the second century BCE. Admired for his poetry […]

July/Aug 2020

Epigram 62

By Stephanie Burt

Michaela, you didn’t seem to experience more than a little of our blowout last night. What happened? Are you OK? You know I’m a friend you can trust. Honestly you […]

July/Aug 2020

Epigram 6

By Stephanie Burt

I’m an old nautilus egg-case. I make a good toy, or conversation- piece, for Arsinoë, as I did for Marianne, who let me circulate. When there was wind I rode […]

May/June 2020

By Stephanie Burt

An Imitation of Callimachus’ Iambi Once on the hill of Tmolus a laurel and an olive got into a fight, or rather the laurel decided to pick on the olive, […]