See West’s Notes at: West, D. Horace Odes I Carpe Diem: Text, Translation and Commentary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, (1995) pp.120-123
Here I turn the muses into fairies in order to make use of a well known saying. Instead of addressing one person as in the original where Horace addresses Lamia, I cast poetry itself as my addressee. Whereas Horace dispatches his gloom and fear to the ‘wild winds’ to be carried off to the Cretan sea, I dispatch mine on a strong southerly; this to echo the north/south divide in other poems in the collection. Horace declares not to be remotely interested in what is going on in some ice-bound shore at the edge of the Roman empire (as if he could do anything about it anyway), and my mind is cast to Iraq, the power of the Imams and the far eastern deserts (not that I can do anything about that either). Whereas Horace bids us weave a garland for his Lamia, I bid us praise some gritty, Northern contemporary poets, who also double as my muses and sources of inspiration. By pushing the political concerns of the day to the back of my mind I too try to celebrate the creative experience of writing poetry and at the same time pay tribute to friends, make a programmatic statement and a declaration of poetic affiliation.
Nisbet and Hubbard say ‘Poetry is not the best subject for poetry, and Horace’s greatest odes are not written simply about poetry.’ . This view is one that concerns me a little about this collection, but hopefully, although I have used the world of contemporary poetry in which to set my versions of Odes Book I, readers will appreciate that what I am trying to capture in these poems is the whole range of human interaction. Certainly from the feedback I have had so far, those people not involved in the world of poetry itself have, nevertheless, been able to apply the human interactions into the worlds they inhabit. I must try and remember this quotation and give it a place in the introduction to my book – I think it is important.
 West, D. Horace Odes I Carpe Diem: Text, Translation and Commentary, Oxford: Clarendon Press,
(1995) p.123 (referencing Nisbet, R.G.M and Hubbard, M. Horace: Odes BookI (Oxford, 1970)