Editors' Pick April 30
Catullus: 13 ("BYOB")
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Editors' Poetry Month Pick, April 30, 2018

13: "BYOB"
by Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus, c. 84 – c. 54 BC)
translated by Jeannine Diddle Uzzi and Jeffrey Thomson

You’ll dine well at my place,
Fabullus, if you bring a nice
meal and some wine, your wit,
a pretty girl, and your best stories,
not to mention a little luck.
And if you do, my friend,
you’ll dine well, for Catullus
has a purse full of cobwebs!
In exchange you’ll get love—
pure, unmixed—and something
even sweeter and more elegant:
I have for you the scent
Venus gave my Lesbia,
and when you smell it,
you’ll pray to be one giant nose.

The Poems of Catullus: An Annotated Translation,
by Jeannine Diddle Uzzi and Jeffrey Thomson.
Copyright © 2015 by Cambridge University Press.
Reprinted with permission.

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