Poetry from Egypt & Mesopotamia (Forerunners)

Eventually the usual suspects will fill the Forerunners section, everybody from the Beowulf poet forward. But I also hope to include a great deal of ancient and obscure poetry, translated into English by scholars who should have a larger audience. To start, it seemed best to present some of the oldest surviving poetry at all,…

Daniel Paul Marshall (6 Poems)

the fire festival men cook muricidae in their shells, on oak wood fires at the entrance to the marquee i can hear the small slugs of meat hiss like slow punctures —the scent of the wood turns my nose inside out. the residents of Hallim-eup get a coupon each for a free lunch—no one checks…