Opinions is a sequence of Spenserian sonnets on the ancient Greek philosophers, as described in Diogenes Laërtius’ Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers.

Laërtius’ jumble of legends, myths, and metaphysics depicts philosophers as folk heroes and household gods, whose literary alter egos haunt the modern intellectual vernacular. I’ve tried to capture the illusion of coincidence between formal metaphysics and irreverent morality tales in these poems.

4 x 5.5 in, 66 pages: an epigraph, 62 sonnets, and three bonus poems.

Written with an AxiDraw pen plotter, Pilot Kakuno fountain pen, Noodler’s Ink, and Tomoe River 52 gsm paper (and a Sharpie).

Poetical-philosophical samizdat for you and your friends!

Here's an example, the first philosopher (according to Laërtius):


A relic from the waters of Miletus
A riddle cast on whom it should devolve
Which only by the oracle of Phoebus
Could be authoritatively resolved:

“All ownership rests fitly with the gods,
Friends make no petty tallyings of price,
And virtue the divine affection draws:
All treasure is the province of the wise.”

The victor was administered his prize,
But passed it on again in deference,
Only to see its ambit circumscribe
A perfect orbit of presentiment.

No matter how diffusively they’re strown,
The perquisites of wisdom know their own.