“Immortal Fire”

(A loose translation of The Iliad, 18.1-254) This lengthy excerpt from Homer's epic tells of Achilles' hearing of and reaction to the news of Patroclus' death. For centuries now, scholars have debated over the extent of the relationship between these two heroes, but we can safely acknowledge that Achilles' love for Patroclus extends beyond even … Continue reading “Immortal Fire”


“The Death of Patroclus”

(A loose translation of The Iliad, 16.822-906) Some background: At this point in The Iliad, Achilles, the Greeks' greatest assest in the Trojan War, has forsaken the battlefield due to his frustration with Agamemnon's overwhelming arrogance. He has given his famous armor to Patroclus, a fellow Myrmidon and his best friend. Hector, the Trojan prince … Continue reading “The Death of Patroclus”

“Some Parting Words Before Shoving Off”

(A Loose Verse Translation of Homer's Iliad, 1.159-181) Achilles, ballsiest of the ballsy Greeks, rose to Face sour-pussed Agamemnon, and spoke forth these fair words: "O shameless Agamemnon, son of cursed Atreus, You immortal snake and magnanimous douche-bag, You coarse-throated horse's ass, you lover of cheap wine And cheaper whores, you eater of dung-hills and … Continue reading “Some Parting Words Before Shoving Off”

A Father’s Love: “The Toys,” by Coventry Patmore

My little Son, who look'd from thoughtful eyes And moved and spoke in quiet grown-up wise, Having my law the seventh time disobey'd, I struck him, and dismiss'd With hard words and unkiss'd, —His Mother, who was patient, being dead. Then, fearing lest his grief should hinder sleep, I visited his bed, But found him … Continue reading A Father’s Love: “The Toys,” by Coventry Patmore


We were lying on the beach, my boy and I, Watching corporate tar wash up on shore, When at long last my eyes refilled the Gulf with salt water. With a sound smile, my boy nuzzled into my lame arms, Weakening my grown-up fears with his innocence. [2010]