In this delightful homage to the now unfashionable Neapolitan poet, two contemporary poets who share a fascination with his work present their selection of fresh versions from his best-known collection. In their introductions they explore the background to his work and the qualities, literary and human, which drew them to him.
Publius Papinius Statius (c. 45-96 AD) was a prize-winning poet whose reputation remained high until well into the Middle Ages. He featured both in Chaucer s House of Fame (as Stace ) and in Dante s "Divine Comedy," where he is called il dolce poeta .
Anthony Howell, born in 1945, is well known as a performance artist and as poet. He has published eleven collections of poetry, several including his "Selected Poems" (2000) and "Dancers in Daylight "(2003) with Anvil, as well as a novel and other prose works.
Bill Shepherd, born in 1935, is a therapeutic counsellor. His "Horace: The Complete Odes and Epodes "and "Propertius: The Poems" were published as Penguin Classics in the 1980s. Several collections of his poetry have appeared, including three from Anvil. His most recent is "Mother s Milk "(Menard, 2006)."