Jon Corelis

Jon Corelis
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Jon Corelis was born in California and grew up in and around Chicago, where he earned a degree in Classical Languages and Literatures at the College of the University of Chicago. He later took a doctorate in Classics at Stanford, and taught Classics and Humanities at Stanford, the University of California, and the University of Minnesota. After a subsequent career as a software specialist in Silicon Valley, he moved to Northeastern Wisconsin.

His poetry, criticism, and reviews have been published in Poetry Greece (Corfu) , Tundra (Foster City, California) , Chapman (Edinburgh) , The Dark Horse (Ayrshire, Scotland and Hastings on Hudson, New York) , Acumen (Brixham, ... more »

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Sulpicia: Poems


Love has come at last, and such a love as I
should be more shamed to hide than to reveal.
Cytherea, yielding to my Muse’s prayers,
has brought him here and laid him in my arms.
Venus has kept her promise. Let people talk, who never
themselves have found such joys as now are mine.
I wish that I could send my tablets to my love
unsealed, not caring who might read them first.
The sin is sweet, to mask it for fear of shame is bitter.
I’m proud we’ve joined, each worthy of the other.


My hateful birthday’s come, which must be ...

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