Only a few poems of the Greek poetess Sappho’s work have survived but thanks to a leading scholar’s investigation two new works have just been recovered—and gives experts hope to find more.
OH MY GOD
“The new Sappho is absolutely breath-taking,” said Albert Henrichs, a Harvard classics professor who examined the papyrus with Dr. Obbink. “It is the best preserved Sappho papyrus in existence, with just a few letters that had to be restored in the first poem, and not a single word that is in doubt.
I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE THIS. HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT, THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY
It is hard to collect, exhibit, or de-accestion indigenous art objects in museums without being patronizing or racist, sometimes museums do a good job, but usually not.
Art History, Theory and Criticism, Maryland Institute College of Art
From Wordsworth Residence in London written in 1791
Among the crowds all specimens of man,
Through all the colours which the sun bestows,
And every character of form and face:
The Swede, the Russian: from the genial south,
The Frenchman and the Spaniard; from remote
America, the Hunter-Indian; Moors,
Malays, Lascars, the Tartar the Chinese,
And Negro ladies in white muslin gowns.
Just a stanza from a long poem by William Wordsworth in the 18th century. Just a reminder that we’ve all been here forever
If anyone wants an interpretation or corroboration, Urban Realism and the Cosmopolitan Imagination in the Nineteenth Century … By Tanya Agathocleous, p. 100.
Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics, and Culture By Vron Ware, Les Back, p. 220.
in the depths of whose eyes
will your dying breaths find peace?”
what we want them to.
But you can’t have two worlds in your hands
and choose emptiness.”
And I loved your silences.
I believed in you, and yet I could not believe.
I was both constant and inconstant.
You were faithless—yet immeasurably true.
A time came
When your memory swung like a bright pendulum
Backwards and forwards in my brain,
Channeling a groove.
I would have chosen the same way.”