MINERVA / Series I: Materials curates poetry PDFs that use a specific thread of 'material' running throughout 4 poems in some way.
Francine, [why] on Ovid's Metamorphoses:
'Before I began these poems I translated the Latin text, so the materials I used were quite physical, in the sense that I was sitting down with Loeb books and pencils and dictionaries. I tried to find a way to recast stories that I particularly liked, retaining the plot outlines and characterisation. It became quite addictive.
I often avoid direct personal experience in my poems and look for other sources to draw on. The stories here do mean something to me, though. Persephone was one of my favourite fairy tales as a child and I used to listen to Ted Hughes read Tales from Ovid on cassette tape. After a number of years translating Classical poetry, many of the myths have worked their way quite deeply into my imagination.'