Atti Loses His Bollocks, after Catullus 63 : A Pagan’s Year (Stubborn Sod, The Headpoke And Firewedding, Our Ghost’s Holiday.) A creative exploration of sources used to create my poetry series, featuring the cracking art of Marcel Herms.

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Atti Loses His Bollocks, after Catullus 63

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Translation:Catullus_63

Rather than castrating himself in hatred of a women I have him do it out of shame. This may relate to my own personal history of bed wetting, and a growth in my teenage years  that had to have a biopsy sample taken. Having a piss the morning after was one of the most painful, and in later years funniest things I have had to do. Sorry to be so graphic.

I took Classical Sudies for O’ Level and first year at uni. I loved the myths and legends from the time I voraciously read Roger Lancelyn Green’s retellings of Greek and Norse tales in junior school. I was and am a poor classical scholar. I enjoyed the stories more than the languages of Latin and Greek. I admire Tony Harrison’s and Simon Armitage’s retellings of the old stories.

Looking at it now. I can see how this ancient tale can relate to notions of self-harm and transgender issues, but it does not explore them in any great detail.

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