My primary research specialty is in the interpretation of poetic texts in the Greco-Roman as well as Caribbean (francophone and anglophone) traditions. In the domain of Late Republican and Augustan poetry, I have published monographs on Horace's Odes (Polyhymnia) and Ovid's Metamorphoses(The Death of Procris) . I am currently completing revision of a forthcoming book on Vergil's Eclogues that addresses the latent intersection of poetry and philosophy (Thalea). My abiding interest in contemporary Caribbean poetry is represented by two books on the late Martinican poet, Aimé Césaire, as well as several articles on the St. Lucian poet, Derek Walcott. I approach poetic texts mainly through the analysis of rhetorical conventions (in the widest sense) and with theoretical concepts derived from semiotics and pragmatics.