On Rome

Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pius II)

Translated by Brett Foster


Old Rome, while elder Romans governed you

no good deed went unmarked, nor wicked one.

Now fathers lost to earth give way to youth,

by whose sway you fall headlong into ruin.


Brett Foster’s first book of poetry, The Garbage Eater, was published in 2011 by Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, and a second, smaller collection, Fall Run Road, was awarded Finishing Line Press’s 2011 Open Chapbook Prize, and has just been released. His poems have appeared in Ascent, Books & Culture, Christianity & Literature, First Things, IMAGE, Literary Imagination, Poetry Daily, Raritan, Sewanee Theological Review, and Southwest Review, and in the anthology American Religious Poems (Library of America).

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