Sappho and Erinna
by Lisa de St. Croix


Born on the island of Lesbos

We write poetry

Lyrical love poems sung to the lyre

Ode to Aphrodite

Eros between women

A three hundred line lament

Teacher and student

Poet and muse



What we love

Inspires creativity


Sappho is a highly regarded ancient Greek poet, who was born on the island of Lesbos around 630 BC. Sappho became celebrated for her lyrical poetry sung with the accompaniment of the lyre. Her love poetry written in the first female voice is spontaneous and emotional. Her best known work is Ode to Aphrodite. Sappho has influenced many poets across the ages, from Erinna, a contemporary of hers and possibly a lover, to the medieval lyric poets who used her Sapphic stanza, to Alfred Lord Tennyson, to modern day lesbian poets who see her as a patron saint, as her poetry reflects eros between women.

Erinna is best known for her long poem The Distaff, a 300 line hexameter, a literary version of a lament chanted by the female relatives of the deceased.


Stand and face me, my love, and scatter the grace in your eyes.

Whatever one loves most, is beautiful

Now, she stands out amongst Lydian women as after sunset the rose-fingered moon exceeds all stars.


Sacred Union is a deck in progress to be published in 2022