Richmond Lattimore Poems

Richmond Lattimore was an American poet well regarded for his translation of Greek classics, such as Homer’s Odyssey. His poetry collections include The Stride of Time. He passed away in February of 1984 at the age of seventy-seven. 


by Richmond Lattimore

‘Crabs’ by Richmond Lattimore brings to light the plight of all living beings that humans have determined to be worth less than they are. 

There was a bucketful of them.

They spilled, crawled, climbed, clawed

slowly tossed and fell: precision made;

cold iodine colour of their own

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