The Influence of Form

I have written about my approach to translation from one language to another here.  Recently, it occurred to me that recasting a poem from one form to another in the same language is also a form of  translation. Let me illustrate. In April of this year, I posted my translation of the introduction to Baudelaire's […]

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The Agnostic's Prayer - 1965

I am the product of a mixed marriage - my father was a committed Agnostic, and my mother was a Social Christian; that is to say, she believed you should go to church because you were expected to go to church. My maternal grandmother, a Christian Scientist, gave me my own copy of the King […]

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Religious Experience

The following little piece from 1971 has stuck in my mind ever since.  It is a kind of sonnet, as well as a kind of introduction as to how I approached spiritual matters in those days: Mystery.  And warm desire. Tending to the sacred fire Frees a young girl's sacred urges Religion. And the sacred […]

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"for 'twere absurd to think that nature in the earth bred gold, perfect in the instant;
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