5. “Give me a thousand kisses…”

A liberally licentious translation of Catullus V. Come and live and love with me, my darling angel. Let us not care for puritan mouths in endless media scrolls, nor let us spend our beloved lives worrying what unloved harridans have to say for themselves.  The suns will set and rise again. But when once our … Continue reading 5. “Give me a thousand kisses…”

Your bark is louder than your bite

A liberal translation of Catullus 40 Little man, what madness drives you headfirst into my lampoons? Which self-help video has made you press censure upon my voice in an untimely squabble? Is it so you can win hearts and minds? What do you want? Do you seek fame at vanity’s price? Or is some other … Continue reading Your bark is louder than your bite

What is it now?

A liberal translation of Catullus LII What's going on, Ed? Why don't you just kill yourself? While some unknown peach goes mouldy on the Capitol, a Russian doll unfolds on Europe. It's later than you think; why don't you just kill yourself? Quid est, Catulle? quid moraris emori?sella in curuli struma Nonius sedet,per consulatum peierat … Continue reading What is it now?

A Disgrace to Education

A liberal translation of Catullus XXVIII My white-collared friends, footmen of the City of London, are you still working away for an ungrateful boss, who takes your time and gives you no money? Aren’t you tired of early starts and missing date night? Unpaid internships, heart attacks on the toilet, cocaine orgies that leave you … Continue reading A Disgrace to Education

Farewell, Paris

A liberal translation of Catullus XLVI Spring was blossoming through chilly rain, The strain of winter silently levelled By the golden rays of a Western sun.“I shall leave the streets of ParisAnd her cheap, sweaty bars;I shall go and the cities of Britain and Italy.”Already I felt Wanderlust, my feet lighter with the thought of travel. “My dear … Continue reading Farewell, Paris