Poetry can say so much we can’t quite get out, we can’t quite get on the page in any other way. Words are so powerful, and it is hard to find ways often to describe feelings. Sometimes we don’t have the vocabulary or the eloquence to relate exactly our emotions. All experiences within the trans* community differ, but some things are universal. I have found several trans* poets and poems which capture so much the feelings surrounding the experience of being a trans* individual and how we interact with the world.
We know that Sappho was the most famous woman writer of the ancient world and that many of her poems were addressed to women. Who were Sappho’s girlfriends and what did she write to them?
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Sappho is currently visiting her friend Erinna, a fellow poet on Greek Island of Tilos in the Aegean Sea archipelago.
She hopes you will like the poems below written by Sappho and Erinna. Erinna was a fellow poet, peer and friend of Sappho’s in 4th century BC Greece. Erinna was also considered to be a Lesbian and Mytilenean because of her close association with Sappho although she hailed from the neighboring island of Tilos or Telos.