A.E. Stallings is an American poet and translator who has lived in Athens (Greece) since 1999. Her most recent collection is Like from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and her most recent verse translation is of Hesiod’s Works and Days for Penguin Classics. Her translation (illustrated!) of the pseudo-Homeric The Battle between the Frogs and the Mice: A Tiny Homeric Epic has just been published by Paul Dry Books.
Of Tim Murphy, Stallings writes:
I’ve known Tim a long time, nearly twenty years—I think largely through Able Muse and Eratosphere. . . . Tim knew that my dad (who died in 2000) had been an avid hunter, and that I had a soft spot both for his hunting poems and his dog poems, and of course Greek Anthology type dog elegies. Tim used to call me Aliki, which is the Greek version of my name. I had originally intended to translate this section of The Odyssey in his memory, but it ended up being more of an interpretation and separate poem, for what it is worth. Maybe The Odyssey came to mind because of the association with sailing and hunting, as well as hunting dogs. I hope Tim would have enjoyed these verses.