A. E. Stallings

A.E. Stallings is a contemporary poet, born and raised in Decatur, Georgia. She studied classics at Oxford University and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2011. Stallings is known for using traditional forms in her poetry as well as making good use of classical allusions. She has so far published four volumes of poetry. Her most recent, Like, published in 2018, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is often compared to that of Richard Wilbur and Edna St. Vincent Millay. 

Actaeon by A. E. Stallings

‘Actaeon’ by A. E. Stallings is based on the captivating mythological story of Actaeon and is told from the perspective of a speaker who taunts the main character for how he lost his life.

Apotropaic by A. E. Stallings

‘Apotropaic’ by A. E. Stallings is a clever poem that personifies Evil and depicts how easy it is for “him” to take on various guises, such as that of someone old and meek.

Epic Simile by A. E. Stallings

‘Epic Smilie’ by A.E. Stallings uses a simile of an epic hero longing for a hero’s death to depict how as one seeks out happiness it may become more allusive and harder to enjoy than it was to begin with.

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