Hellenistic Reverie

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Caressed together by the waters of Corinth
Into the darkest forests chasing statuary nymphs
The decadence of Hellenistic love
Blissfully raining tears from above.

“The condo of the virgin” sitting empty
The goddess long dissolved into the néant
You softly reading Hebrew texts in Greek
The painful comedy of life on sale this week.

[“The condo of the virgin” refers to the Parthenon, temple dedicated to Athena who was a virgin goddess.]

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Photo credit: Embarkation of Ulysses- Claude Lorrain 


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The Vita Brevis Team

“Ars longa, vita brevis" (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our online poetry magazine after it. It may seem curious that we chose Vita Brevis (life is short) as our title instead of Ars Longa (art is long). But this choice was more than appropriate; after all, the aim of our journal is to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and immortality but life’s toils and finiteness. We want to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide.

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