Gail Marshall

Gail Marshall writes poetry in St. Louis, Missouri. A member of the St. Louis Poetry Society and “The Looslies,” a women’s poetry collaborative, she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College, where she studied with Joseph Clancy, translator of Horace’s odes and epodes. She was awarded a Ph.D. from Washington University in 1981.

Translating Virgil

is not heaving

blocks of words from place to place

the way a workman shoves slabs of concrete

from here to there

to build a wall.


Instead it is a gentle


one word at a time,

like mending

a hummingbird wing.




photo by: jeffreyw