Sappho Revisited: Favorite Fragments Sewn Together



This post is for someone who might be a lover of ancient poetry as well as new. I thought you might appreciate the transcendent quality of random Sappho fragments.  Sappho lived over 2,600 years ago in Greece and only portions of her poems exist: fragments.  Socrates, Plato and a host of other biggies, thought she was amazing.  She was know as the greatest poet and songwriter of her time.  But only scraps of parchment exist with phrases of her ancient Greek words.  So there are large gaps in the poetry.  

Anne Carson is a genius. Her translation titled If Not, Winter is beautiful and the work of a poet as well as artist.  The gaps are filled by using brackets [   ] and the spacing and layout is as important as the words.  The space within the space creates incredible understanding and beauty.  

As I read her poetry, I grabbed my favorite fragments – remember that no complete poems exist.  I believed that they could be formed into a contemporary poem simply by stringing them together; the space within the space filled in – sewn together.  Below are 27 favorite fragments, in fragment order, formatted as a new poem. The title comes from the final two fragments 177/187.  Amazing: 2,600 years later.    Thank you, Sappho and Anne Carson.

Transparent dress of the Muses

You came and I was crazy for you
And you cooled my mind that burned with longing
Gathered longing sweat

Might accomplish
I want to hold, said
Not desire, but all at once
Blossom desire too delight

Me more sweetly
And you yourself know
Forget you someone would say

And yes I shall love
As long as there is in me
Will be a care
I say I have been a strong lover

Of all the stars the most beautiful
Cloth dripping
Just now goldsandaled Dawn
I used to wear crowns

May you sleep on the breast of your delicate friend
But me you have forgotten
Or you love some man more than me
Eros the melter of limbs (now again) stirs me –

Sweet bitter unmanageable creature who steals in
I conversed with you in a dream
With what eyes?
Do not move stones

Moon has set
And Pleiades; middle
Night, the hour goes by,
Alone I lie.


If not, Winter by Anne Carson – translation from ancient Greek – kronn favorite fragments as a poem:

48, 74a, 74b, 74c, 76, 78, 88b, 104b, 119, 123, 125, 126, 129a, 129b, 130, 134, 145, 146, 147, 150, 153, 157, 158, 162, 168, 177, 187

It’s time to finish what the 60’s started.




Stop dreaming and make an impact. Solve big problems instead of little one.

Stop dreaming and make an impact.

Stop dreaming and make an impact.

It’s time to make an impact. If you hold yourself to higher criteria you will solve bigger problems. Join me as I moderate a conversation with world-class leaders from Yunus Creative Labs, AT&T Mobility, Gray Ghost Ventures at Mobility Live in Atlanta, September 23/24.

We are inviting over 1,000 top-tier talent nationwide to use mobility to solve grand challenges: health, water, education, homelessness in the United States.

For good, for profit. Join our conversation September 24 at noon in Atlanta. Register

Check you vision before you startup your mission


Entrepreneurs starting a new business focus on the product, the customer, the market, and pricing.  They build out their business canvas model, they pivot, they code and discuss their social media strategy.  AND, If they follow the Stanford startup model, they make sure they do three things:

  1. Do what you can do.
  2. Do what adds value.
  3. Do what others aren’t doing.

Where those three things overlap is the next Instagram or Facebook!

But they are missing one important point.

  • Do you want to do this?

When you are the founder, it’s different than working for someone else.  You are designing your dream job, not applying for a job.  So you better design something that you are passionate about doing, reflects your vision, your passion, your goals and operates by your ground rules.

To answer the question, “Do I want to do this?” requires you to clearly articulate your vision and mission.  These two drive the culture of the company. You may make it to launch without a vision and mission, but you won’t be able to hire a team or engage your customers.

So before you start building your dream product or service, make sure that you take the time to define your culture.  Vision and mission are more than words on a website.  Well defined, they articulate the destination, the language and the core values of your company.

Check your vision before you startup your mission.  Then start building your company.


Men. Read this. Stop derailing the conversation.

Guys. Read this. #NotAllMen: How Not to Derail Discussions of Women’s Issues via @BadAstronomer

Violence against women is a real issue. Nobody is saying all men are bad. The point is women live in fear of being injured by men. It’s a real problem.

So stop trying to hijack the conversation and start helping.

Q. What is the life span of someone with Type 1 Diabetes in Rwanda? A. 11 Months. Action: Time to save lives.


Friends and cyclists.

The average life span of a person diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in Rwanda and many other African countries is only 11 months! We need a cure, but we can save a lot of lives in-between.  

Phil Sutherland, an outstanding advocate for Type 1 Diabetes and an incredible cyclist has set up a new foundation to save lives. The Team Type 1 Foundation compliments the TNN professional cycling team.  The TT1 goal is to saves lives by providing supplies to diabetics in developing countries.  Last year Phil and the team provided 900 BG meters and over 1 million test strips.  They saved lives.  We are going to do a lot more this year.  

Join us June 6.  You can be my guest.  …That’s right, I’ll buy your ticket, you buy one for your friend.  Drinks, food, professional cyclists and world class NCAA athletes and you.

Here’s what’s up.  We are launching the first ever Team Type 1 Global Ambassador program.  We will award scholarships to NCAA athletes with Type 1 Diabetes at the event.  These are world class athletes who will demonstrate to the rest of the world that Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t mean that you can’t be healthy and competitive.  Plus, they will be ambassadors for Team Type 1 globally.  

This is cool stuff.  Please let me know if you can join me next Friday as we launch Team Type 1 Foundation to the world.





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What Makes Things Cool? Or Why Everybody Isn’t Cool.


What Makes Things Cool? Or Why everybody isn’t cool.

Interesting research on what makes things cool and why “Just Say No” campaign doesn’t work.  Hint: It may be better to tell adolescents that everybody’s doing it if you wan them to stop.

I wonder how this Journal of Consumer Research could be used to help stop violence against women on campus?

Congratulations graduates. A year ago I was honored to present the commencement address as my alma mater, Bowling Green State University. There really are only about a half dozen commencement addresses, all personal stories of the same profound though. I wish I had this list before I wrote mine as It would have saved a lot of time in the writing.

I like Cornell West’s 2009 Spelman speech.

Quote: “It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a solider to fight on the battle field. You have to be courageous to be a free-thinker and go against the grain.

I would still add that it is important to “monetize your passion.” I’ve tried starvation and food and shelter aren’t overrated. Following your passion is a lot easier when you are well fed.

Shark Tank lovers – Startup Weekend Atlanta – May 2


Startup Weekend Atlanta

Startup Weekend Atlanta

Shark Tank lovers – Startup Weekend Atlanta – May 2

If you love Shark Tank, maybe it’s time to create your own new product?  Startup Weekend is where great ideas get born in 54 hours. There’s still time to register! 

Startup Weekend Atlatna – May 2

You know you’ve missed us! 54 hours of organized chaos. Come. Pitch. Code. Demo. Make it Happen! Atlanta’s only hackathon where for profit ideas come to life!

Be sure to follow up on Twitter at @ATLSW for all the latest details.


1 is 2 Many – Men Can Stop Sexual Assault on Campus

Men cause rape and men can stop it. Men need to get involved and hold other men accountable. Stop sexual assault. Be part of the solution, guys.