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Espresso Recommendations

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Classical mythology

Agave in Illyria by Selden

'And I will hold my tongue which as we know is hardest for a woman, / Jackal and hide, laughing in doorways if you'll let them, behind the rows of little pots / In various shades of red.' The relationship between Agave & Semele, mixing ancient & modern, mad & sly, prose & poetry, and always slippery & disturbing

[Added 12/08/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Classical mythology; Adult]

Bakcheios by Emilyenrose

'That kind of ghoulish nonsense is exactly the kind of thing guaranteed to please a boy of a certain age, and it certainly stuck with me. I had nightmares for months of being chased through the night by a disfigured woman-shape with gold-plated bone fingers.' Gorgeous retelling of The Bacchae, which renders the tragedy more profound by making Pentheus thoroughly human

[Added 25/11/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Classical mythology]

Dark and Bright by Morbane

'For generations - so long that the reasons behind it were scarcely discussed - a hood had been hung about the head of the statue, to hide the lady's face from the sun. It might be sailcloth or leather, woven rushes or fine silk, but as soon as one hood wore away, the people of the city made another, and replaced it in darkness.' A haunting take on the tale of Eros & Psyche, strange & sensuous

[Added 21/05/2015; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Classical mythology]

Easy the Descent by Zdenka

'Bones are so heavy. She had forgotten. They seem to drag her down to the earth.' A thought-provoking vignette, which gives Eurydice agency and draws parallels with Persephone's fate (Orpheus & Eurydice)

[Added 09/08/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Classical mythology]

Persephone Lied by Spuffyduds

'Do you know what swineherds talk about? / Swine.' An amusing take on the Persephone myth. Helen Saito's expressive reading really brings out Persephone's emotions and the poem's humour

[Added 29/08/2013; Poetry; <1000; Classical mythology]

Persephone: Redux by Nightengale

'Do not tell me that you've been off gallivanting again with that Hades figure, Persephone, do not tell it me!' Neat revisioning of the Persephone story

[Added 03/01/2007; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Classical mythology]

Small Step For Man by Toft

'She has a different name, here, but she is still the same.' Artemis & Apollo through the ages. A reflection on the pitfalls of immortality, anchored in sharp details

[Added 07/08/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; Classical mythology; Adult]