Bilitis said she knew Sappho, truly one of the greatest lesbian love poets who ever existed. She claimed to be a contemporary, a confidant of Sappho. And she wrote some of the most lurid lesbian poetry yet written. All of this was quite scandalous in 19th century Paris, a city known for accommodating lovers. You […]
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Before it was discovered that Bilitis was a hoax, it was presumed that she was the lesbian lover, and fellow poet, of Sappho.
The lesbian Love poet Sappho is a true enigma. A problem. A fantasy. Sometimes but a figment of our very vivid imaginations. Perhaps that is why I love reading her. “Sapphic” has come to mean anything relating to love between women, and that alone makes Sappho worth studying. There is pitifully little of Sappho’s original writing […]