London: Menard Press, 2002. Paperback. 96p., line illustrations, first edition softbound in 8x6 inch glossy black wraps; slightest edgewear, entirely clean and sound, a near-fine copy. Following his quirky essay, described below, come a variety of poems, shorties and lengthies. Beake's delightful long title poem is in blank verse and is subtitled "A Poem after Homer, much of it surely influenced by Lattimore's work, except it's funnier.
Linguist Beake enjoys an insular immersion in classical literature (Quixotic views of Cyclops from both Homer and Theocritus), a distaste for things Irish (in contrast to things British), and a regret that "Nihilism, Punk, and Mammon" have become acceptable (suceeding Imperial Myth).