Sappho

by Richard Brookhiser

Kathryn, yes, she was the only (that we know of), and yes we know of her almost entirely by fragments. But there is a reason poets have revered Sappho for 2500 years: she was the best.

The moon has set

And the Pleiades.

Midnight.

I lie in bed alone.

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Some say the infantry,

some say the cavalry,

some say the fleet

is the sweetest thing on dark earth.

I say, what you love is.

(Both translated by Jeanne Safer)

The Corner

The one and only.