"what interested her most was her private life and her poetry"
Mary Barnard

Since no political
lyric of Sappho’s
survives, we may
presume

the skirmish of
occasional satire
less than love 
in her eyes,

and so banished
to Syracuse she
spent her exile
asleep :

harp strings broken
longing after Phaon
Atthis or Timas
her song

mute 

Speak, Lesbos
did only one Muse
honor Sappho
with this gift ?


— Samantha Pious

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My first book, A Crown of Violets (Headmistress Press, 2015), provides a selection of the French poetry of the lesbian writer Renée Vivien in English translation. Some of my poems and translations have appeared in Adrienne, Lavender Review, Mezzo Cammin, and other publications.