Postcards from Sulpicia by Tristram Fane Saunders

“Tristram Fane Saunders’s Sulpicia is sassy, anxious, vulnerable, and smart. Ancient Rome’s almost forgotten female poet comes alive in these poetic versions in a way twenty-first-century readers will relish. What Ezra Pound did for Propertius, Tristram Fane Saunders has done for Sulpicia.”

– Robert Crawford


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Tristram Fane Saunders is a 21-year-old poet and journalist, living in Scotland. He is poetry editor of The Saint and a critic for Radio Times. His first chapbook, Intro #5 was published by Nasty Little Press in 2012. Since then, he has received several accolades for his poetry, including the 2014 Quiller-Couch Award and the 2015 Frank Muir Prize.

Postcards from Sulpicia is Tristram’s second publication, a limited edition, hand-made & numbered micro-pamphlet featuring translations of poems by the ancient Roman poet Sulpicia. Although many women wrote poetry in Ancient Rome, Sulpicia is the only female poet’s work to have survived through the ages. Translating directly from the Latin, Tristram has made Sulpicia’s poems accessible to contemporary readers in a fresh, witty style that retains the brilliant spirit of the originals.


Oh gods. The ghastly holiday is here,
in a wet country,

while my love (poor kid) lies burning
back in Rome.

The wretched sticks are all soaked through:
no kindling.

I miss my Honey,
miss home.

I’m too much at rest
in this drawled silence

or stiff-necked, as you flit ahead,
chirruping, with the map.

You: ‘How green, how full,
how fragrant is the road!’

Somewhere unseen, this soul
falls to the mud.


Unwrapping Postcards from Sulpicia – video by Leamington Books