Biter: Conversation with poet Claudia Jardine

I fell in love
I kissed
gains made
it all happened
I am desired
but I?
and you?
and how?
one god alone knows
— ‘One God’ from Palatine Anthology V.51 — Anonymous

Biter is Claudia Jardine’s remarkable first collection of poetry. It is inspired by ancient Greek epigrams in the Palatine Anthology, which are used by Claudia as a stepping stones to create a bitingly contemporary Poetry Collection. The Palatine Anthology is a collection of Greek epigrams and poems found in Heidelberg in 1606 in the Palatine Library. The collection itself is based on much older ancient Greek anthologies. The poems in Claudia’s collection range in topics from hickeys to puttanesca, vulnerable love poems to boozy sonnets.

Poet Claudia Jardine has an MA in classics with distinction from Victoria University, she won the 2020 Alex Scobie Research Prize and a Marsden Grant for Masters scholarship. Claudia, as this collection testifies, is a poet of incredible versatility, talent and bravery.


This interview was done in conjunction with Caffeine and Aspirin, the arts and entertainment review show on Radioactive FM. For more information on Claudia Jardine  you can visit her Facebook page. You can borrow Biter from the library by clicking on the link below.

Biter / Jardine, Claudia
“Ancient Greek epigrams drive a bitingly contemporary first poetry collection.” (Adapted from Catalogue)