Riffs is George Simmers's latest pamphlet. It is a grab-bag of translations of poems that have appealed to him, from Ovid, Virgil, Catullus, the Greek Anthology and Francois Villon.

For sample pages (featuring Ovid's version of the myth of Narcissus) click here.

The plentiful illustrations are by Bruno Vars, whose pictures enlivened George's previous pamphlet, Old, Old.

The pamphlet costs 5, and should be available from Amazon, but if you'd like a signed copy, email George Simmers, and he'll arrange one for you at no extra cost.

Robert Frost said that poetry is what gets lost in translation. George Simmers has tried to find it again. This is the ideal Christmas gift for the classicist in your life.