A little taste of Borges

For a change of pace, how about a little Borges? The Nightmare Jorge Luis Borges (trans. Guy Conner) I dream of an ancient king, His crown of iron, his look of death, There are no faces like that nowadays, You sense his firm blade will obey him, loyal, like a dog I do not from […]

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More Garcia Lorca

I chose Garcia Lorca for my first Spanish translation attempts, because of the many short poems in his oeuvre.  Short poems, I thought, wouldn't take long to translate and that would give me a sense of accomplishment.    In fact, reading the poem and understanding the words has not been the problem,  the difficulty has been to achieve a coherent poem […]

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Garcia Lorca

I had expected to return to this blog with a number of essays on politics, but so far, I'm having trouble finishing the ones I have started.  Stay tuned. Meanwhile, I am trying my hand at translation again, this time of Spanish poetry.  I began by reading through the Complete Works of Federico Garcia Lorca, […]

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Acceptance

It was only to be expected, I guess.  When I was young, I felt affronted by the prospect of death; as I age, death seems , while still frightening, increasingly natural. Death's Blue-Eyed Boy My father was certain What would happen."Like snuffing out a candle," he'd say. "Like turning out all the lights in the […]

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The Cage

The following verse is from 1969.  As is the case with many of the pieces I wrote at that time, I have no memory of composing it.   It seemed to spring, fully-written, into my mind.   I think is is a reflection of my state of mind at that time, which was that the loneliness I […]

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Another Short Poem

To wait, And not to turn Away when trouble strikes; To stay, when others beckon you, Is Love.

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The Next Phase of My Life

I'm in the mood for a short poem today: The Next Phase of my Life a haiku My body feels like a sponge; Void of all content, Alert, and primed to absorb.

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Why I Love Darkness

A short while ago,  I promised deeper poems.  What follows is a second poem about my mother and what it was like when alcohol took over her life.   It is also about my relationship with my father, but more on that later...   Why I Love Darkness Memories Are not backlit; Like fretful flies, They […]

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My First Double Dactyls

In the past, I have posted about double dactyls here and here. In 1966, or 1967, When Hecht and Hollander published their book of Double Dactyls, Esquire magazine held a competition where readers could submit their own double dactyls.   I wrote the three that follow, but I didn't have the courage to submit them. Jiggery-Pokery! […]

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More on the Influence of Form

Not long ago, I posted about the influence that poetic form has on the effect of a poem.   At that time I said that I intended to do further experiments with translation of a poem from one form to another.   Here is my next attempt. The starting point is a light verse I posted almost […]

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