The Society of Classical Poets Journal X has been published! It features poetry, translations, and essays selected from those published on the SCP website between February 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022. See a complete list of poetry, art, essays, and reviews below. It also features exquisite color art created by living artists who are at the top of the fine arts field today.

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If you are not in the United States, please wait two to four weeks for your local Amazon distributor to stock the Journal. If the cost of shipping to your country is prohibitively high, email submissions@classicalpoets.org.

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Evan Mantyk
C.B. Anderson
Dusty Grein
Daniel Magdalen


ART: Mt. Washington in Autumn by Erik Koeppel, 2019, oil on panel, 18 x 15 in. ( www.erikkoeppel.com)

Autumn by Joe Tessitore
An Autumn Path by Angel L. Villanueva
The Lovely World by Martin Rizley
A Winter in Uzbekistan by Peter Hartley
The Joys of Spring by Janice Canerdy

ART: An Asian Courtyard by Fei Meng, 2020, painted in Photoshop with Wacom pen & tablet. ( www.feimengart.com)

Plum Blossom Blessings by Margaret Coats
I Asked the Moon by David Irby
With How Sad Steps by Peter Austin
Night Verses by Brian Palmer
Owl Ensconced on Oaken Branch by Corey Elizabeth Jackson

ART: Carolina Wren, photo by Susan Jarvis Bryant, 2021.

Ode to Hidden Splendor by Susan Jarvis Bryant

—Joe Tessitore
—Sean Hickey
—Germain Droogenbroodt
—Roy E. Peterson
—Bruce Dale Wise
—Toshiji Kawagoe
—Marek Kozubek
—Martin Elster
—Daniela Misso
—Linette Eloff

The Magpie’s Chorus by David Watt
Perfect Apples by C.B. Anderson
Farmer, by C.B. Anderson
My Mother’s Eyes by Carl Kinsky
Birds in Flight by David Whippman
Birds in Flight by Evan Mantyk

ART: Lotus Hand, sculpture by Johanna Schwaiger, 2021.

The Blacksmith God Forges Scenes on Achilles’ Shield by Evan Mantyk
Three Sisters by Cheryl Corey
Back to The Beginning by Mike Bryant
Magnificat by Brian Yapko

ART: Aristotle with a Bust of Homer by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1653, oil on canvas, 56.39 x 53.70 in.

Contemplating Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer by James A. Tweedie
Civis Romanus Sum by Alex Rubstein, high school poet
The Soldier Keeps the Wolf at Bay by Roy E. Peterson
Sir Percival by Alan Grant
From a Classified Location in England by Brian Yapko
Bach in Heidelberg by Lionel Willis
The Carnelian Ring: A Still-Life by Joseph S. Salemi
Fireworks by Adam Sedia
Hypnosis by Judy Koren

ART: Rejoice by Annie Stegg, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 13 in. (www.anniestegg.com)

The Artist by Shari Jo Lekane
Allentown Nights by Sally Cook
House Sale by Sally Cook
Saint Joseph’s Table by Margaret Coats
Cascading Nation by Jon Parsons
Slow Verse by Lionel Willis

ART: Mother and Child by Gustavo Ramos, 2020, oil on panel, 15 x 12 in.

I Am with Child by Michael Charles Maibach
Let It Bleed by Johnny Payne
The View from Space by Ellie Strano, high school poet
Poppy by A.S. Chuba, high school poet
Pier by Leland James
An Intelligent Cup of Coffee by Daniel Kemper
Regrets and Repercussions by Peter Hartley
Reclamation Project by C.B. Anderson
Nest Egg by C.B. Anderson
The Arrow of Time by Brian Yapko
Hardship and Destiny by Benjamin Daniel Lukey
Elemental, My Dear by Alison Jennings
I Don’t Know Why I Think Things Will Get Better by Geoffrey Smagacz
Disambiguation by Anna J. Arredondo
Sonnet 1 (In Theory, Real) by Hannah Yee, high school poet
Peace and Love Are Here by Sandi Christie
Right on Cue by David Whippman
Meditations on Ecclesiastes (Inquiry, Perplexity, Irony) by Cynthia Erlandson
Limerick by Joe Tessitore
Honest to God by James A. Tweedie
Apocalypse by Joseph S. Salemi


ART: The King and the Beggar-maid by Edmund Leighton, 1898, oil on canvas, 64.09 x 48.39 in.

Anyone But You by Anna J. Arredondo
My Sonnet as Texted by Carl Kinsky
December by Peter Hartley
My Lips Have Kissed Her by David D. Irby
A Rose and Me by Mike Bryant
Obsession by Tamara Beryl Latham

ART: Magnificent Outpouring by Laura Westlake, 2021, oil on board, 12 x 9.5 in. (laurawestlake.net)

Brighter Horizons by David Watt
Sunset by Michael Miller
Though Worlds May Die and Silent Be by Roy E. Peterson
L O V E… by Susan Jarvis Bryant
You Are Too Far from Me by Arthur L. Wood
Marriage as a Dance by Reid McGrath


ART: Fire and Ice by Jacob A. Pfeiffer, 2019, oil on panel, 9 x 9 in. (Jacobapfeiffer.com)

It’s Fall, Y’all! by Susan Jarvis Bryant
The North Pole’s on Lockdown by Susan Jarvis Bryant
A Tale from the City by Joe Tessitore
Vitamin DC: In Praise of Dark Chocolate by Jeff Kemper
Obit: English Pronouns by Jan Darling

ART: A.B. Brown as Lord Byron, photo by C. Driskel, 2022.

Cup in Hand by Talbot Hook
The Effect of Lawsuits on TV Commercials by Russel Winick
Parents’ Drop-off Kisses by Russel Winick
Plight of the Formal Poet by Russel Winick
Sonnetized by K. Irene Rieger
Lahaina Mynahs by James A. Tweedie
Bring Your Own by James A. Tweedie
A Slight Deviation from the Canterbury Tales by Brian Yapko
COVID and Travel by Julian D. Woodruff
Jack Be Nimble … Jack Be Quick by Joseph S. Salemi
Hickory Dick … ory Doc by Susan Jarvis Bryant
Starbucks Villanelle by Matt Hsu, high school poet
I Found a Magic Ring by Luca D’Anselmi
In Cockney by Brian Yapko
Orange by Sarah Hills
On the Australian Desert Town: Station View by David Watt

ART: B-Boy by Mario Loprete, 2017, oil on concrete, 39 x 31 in.

A Can of Worms by Susan Jarvis Bryant
A Spider in My Room by Radhika Bianchi
In Memoriam, W.S. by Jack Murel

ART: Poetry by Paul Erlandson, 2022, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in. (www.paulerlandsonart.com)

Tales of Tales of Tales by Luca D’Anselmi
The Seven Dwarves of Old Age by Roy E. Peterson
Anglo-Saxon Limericks (2) by Peter Hartley
On the Cost of Doing Evil by Lee Goldberg
The High Cost of Low Prices by Mark F. Stone
Darwin’s Café by Anna J. Arredondo
Know How to Mow by C.B. Anderson
Exercises in Frustration by C.B. Anderson
Twelve Chaucerian Limericks by Joseph S. Salemi
Prerequisites for a Trendy Poetry Reading by Joseph S. Salemi
Dedicated to Those Who Give Up Chocolate for Lent by Tonia Kalouria
I Took a Notion (A Man’s View) by Norma Pain

ART: Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen Painting a Portrait of His Wife by Dirck Jacobsz, 1550, oil on panel, 24.39 x 19.39 in.

I Took a Notion (A Woman’s View) by Norma Pain
The Puppeteer by Norma Pain
Your Memory Starts to Slip by Jeff Eardley
Sonnets in Iambic Monometer
Selected by Paul Freeman
The Ghost by Brian Yapko
Sonnets by Angel L. Villanueva
Swoon by Susan Jarvis Bryant
Thought Sport by Jan Darling

Pareidolia by Beverly Stock


ART: Imprisoned Falun Dafa Practitioner by Yuan Li, 2009,
oil on canvas, 41 x 30 in.

Connected by Sasha Palmer
All Aboard by Cheryl Corey

ART: Winter Olympic mascots at Beitucheng Intersection: Panda returns to the “Panda Roundabout”, photo credit: user N509FZ. (commons.wikimedia.org)

Sinister Symbols by James A. Tweedie
The Heroes of Beijing by Evan Mantyk
A Day When Silence Spoke by Daniel Magdalen
Tank Man—Remembering The Unknown Rebel by Susan Jarvis Bryant
Family by Damian Robin

ART: Illustration by Xiaoyao Yin

The Game of Life (CCP Edition) by Bethany Mootsey
Dr. Wenyi Wang on the White House by Evan Mantyk
The Devil’s Definition by Susan Jarvis Bryant
The Broken Kingdom by Brian Yapko


ART: Morning Silence by Herman Smorenburg, 2017, oil on wood, 60 x 50 cm. ( www.hermansmorenburg.com)

This Present Madness by Cynthia Erlandson
The State of Art by Sally Cook
The Second Roman Empire by Sally Cook
Bonfire of the Vanities by Bruce Dale Wise
With Coffins at the Dover Air Force Base: 29 August 2021 by Bruce Dale Wise
The Afghan Plight by Satyananda Sarangi
Habeas Corpus by C.B. Anderson
Thriller by Rita Moe
Big Shots by Mike Bryant
What Is Truth? by Brian Yapko
He Made That Choice by Brian Yapko
Lenin by Duane Caylor
The Lost by Adam Wasem

ART: Das Kranke Kind (transl. The Sick Child) by Fridolin Becker, before 1895, oil on canvas, 25.19 x 21.45 in.

Presently by Lucia Haase

Don’t Tread on Me by Joseph S. Salemi
The Pox Fox by Susan Jarvis Bryant
On the Canceling of Dr. Seuss’s McElligot’s Pool by Julian Woodruff
There Was a Free Nation That Swallowed a Lie by Jack DesBois
History’s Tide by Clara Huang, high school poet
Liberal Artists by Sarban Bhattacharya
Racial Idiocy by Russel Winick
Signs of the Times by James A. Tweedie
I Grieve Bleak Streets by James A. Tweedie
There Once Was a Very Big Lie by Joe Tessitore


ART: Canto 2: Beatrice Visits Virgil in Limbo by Eric Armusik, 2017, oil on AlumaComp, 60 x 40 in. (www.ericarmusik.com)

Turbines by Jeff Eardley
An Incident on the Cornish Cliffs by Peter Hartley
Internal Combustion—Vision by Paul Erlandson
From Darkest Antiquity by Martin Rizley
The Battle of Glorieta Pass by Brian Yapko
Canto 3: Ex-Wife by James Sale


ART: Books and Butterflies 4 by Steven J. Levin, 2017, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in, private collection. (stevenjlevin.com)

Mourning the Dead by Li Qingzhao, Southern Song (1084-1155)
translated by Talbot Hook
Bamboo-Grove Pavilion by Wang Wei (699-759)
translated by Talbot Hook
Ballade for His Lady Deceased by Charles d’Orléans (1394–1465)
translated by Margaret Coats

ART: Poet Basho and Moon Festival by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1891, ukiyo-e woodblock print. Poet Matsuo Basho meets with two farmers who celebrate the mid-autumn Moon Festival. A haiku adorns it.

Summer Grasses by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated by Margaret Coats

Rain Song by Klaus Groth (1819-1899)
translation by Julian Woodruff

Canzone on a Dream of Laura by Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374)
Translated by Margaret Coats
Easter! by Rosario Previti (1882-1967)
translated by Joseph S. Salemi
Solitude by Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827)
translated by Joseph Greene
Serenade by Ludwig Rellstab (1799-1860)
translated by Joseph Greene
Spring by Friedrich Hebbel
translated by Sean Thompson
To Tchaikovsky by A.N. Apukhtin (1840-1893)
translated by Olga Dumer
The Harp by Gustavo Bécquer
translated by Cheryl Corey
The Two Corteges by Joséphin Soulary (1815-1891)
translated from French by Hadyn Adams
A Flower by Alceste De Lollis (1820-1887)
translated by Adam Sedia
The Poet’s Spirit by Adam Sedia


ART: Young Girl Reading by Jean Honoré Fragonard, 1770-1772,
oil on canvas, 32.2 x 25.5 in.

ESSAY: Poetic Pitfalls by Joseph S. Salemi

ART: The Apotheosis of Washington by Constantino Brumidi, 1865, fresco.

REVIEW: A Review of Legends of Liberty Volume 1, T A J Classics, 2021, by Andrew Benson Brown. Review by James Sale

ESSAY: Whitman’s Curse: Contemporary Poetry as Solipsism by Adam Sedia

ART: Illustration from The Poetical Works of John Milton. Original held and digitized by the British Library.

ART: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Memorial, sculpture by Daniel Chester French, 1913. Photo by Daderot.





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9 Responses

  1. Stuti

    I love the cover. I am ordering my copy now 🙂 can’t wait to read

  2. Benjamin Thomas Cepican

    Is there any way to see a list of the selected poets and/or a kind of preview of the first few pages?

    (I recognize the line “Contact submissions@classicalpoets.org if you have any questions”, but I put the matter here just in case anyone else should have the very same question.)

    • Satyananda Sarangi


      I would request Evan to kindly include the list of contributors here as it was incase of last year.

      Thank you.

    • The Society

      Gentlemen, thank you for your request. The contents have been added above.

      SCP Editor

  3. James Sale

    Excellent news – I have checked and it is not yet available on amazon.co.uk but as soon as it is I shall be purchasing the h/b copy – very excited by this new anthology.

  4. Mia

    Love the cover too and looking forward to my copy.
    Just one query though, not all the winning Haiku are listed here, does that mean that not all were published or have they just been omitted here?

    • The Society

      Dear Mia, there were a couple pages dedicated to haiku which limited the number we could fit, so only those listed above were included. If you have feedback, please let us know, and we can see about including more next year.

  5. Joseph S. Salemi

    My ordered copy arrived today, and the volume is splendidly produced, as usual. Evan Mantyk always puts together a magnificently printed and illustrated book.


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