Many thanks for the reply, Jeff.
I've recently worked though some Lucian (using the intermediate readers of True Story, The Onos, and The Syrian Goddess), but I want to have a serious stab at Homer, so to try to do this in a reasonably structured way I've just bought a copy of Pharr's Homeric Greek (the one revised by Wright and Debnar).
I still just don't 'get' how Greek poetry works, despite reading a few basic explanations, so I have a lot of work to do there.
I'm also reading some New Testament and/or Septuagint most days (for the good of my soul!)
The odd thing about Homer... I never really liked Iliad much in English (I'm a Philistine, I know!), but I'm loving it in Greek. Perhaps it's because I'm having to slow down and pay attention to every word, rather than just speed-reading it for the 'story'.
I expect I'll be a bit of a lurker in the forum, gathering hints and tips wherever I can, but if I think I can provide an answer for anyone looking for help, I'll jump in.