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Marcus Valerius Martialis, or Martial (ca. 40104 CE), made his way to Rome from Iberia (now Spain) and won renown across the Empire for his humorous epigrams. Susan McLean is a professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University. She won the 2014 Donald Justice Poetry Prize for a collection of her own poems, The Whetstone Misses the Knife , and in 2009 her collection The Best Disguise won the Richard Wilbur Award. "