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ADRIENNE HO, TRANSLATING A POEM BY SULPICIA


3.17 Hot Flash

Heat wracks my body. No, not that kind.
If it were, you'd be here already.
But listen to me, I'm on the brink of death here, just a little.
Do you care?
If not, neither will I.
I'll just keep on these meds and menthols
until something happens. You won't even notice.

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ADRIENNE HO, TRANSLATING A POEM BY SULPICIA

Adrienne Ho received an MFA in literary translation at the University of Iowa in May 2006. Her work is forthcoming in Burnside Review, Circumference, Denver Quarterly, and Ninth Letter. Adrienne Ho writes that Sulpicia's poems are "the only extant female literary text from the Augustan period (1st century BCE) of ancient Rome." Several of Ms. Ho's Sulpicia translations were published in the Winter 2006 issue of 91st Meridian, the electronic journal of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program—an electronic forum to encourage the frank exchange of ideas.

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