On Translation With an Example

Elsewhere  I promised to discuss my philosophy of translations.    First and foremost, my goal has always been to produce a satisfactory poem in English that represents to the best of my ability the meanings, nuances and rhythms of the original poem.   If the original poem has an underlying rhyme scheme, I attempt to […]

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Story Poem 2 Perhaps Surprise Would Please Her More

I distinguished between story poems and autobiographical poems here.  The small sonnet that follows is from 1969.   Perhaps Surprise Would Please Her More The house is old, and grey, and tall. Her room is on the upper floor. He starts to ring, but, after all, Perhaps surprise would please her more. His feet raise […]

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Another Anti-War Poem

Some time ago, I blogged about the cinquain  and what I called the semicinquain.   This little verse, from 2003, is written in yet another variation of the cinquain, which might be called the hypercinquain, or cinquain on steroids.   The syllabic scheme is 2/2/4/6/8/2  as opposed to the cinquain, which is 2/4/6/8/2.   Dilemma is explained here. […]

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Variation On a Children's Poem

Some time ago, I wrote my first post on the concept of poetic variations.  The following is a variation on a famous children's poem from two hundred years ago. Variation on the Spider to the Fly "Won't you come into my parlor?", said the spider to the fly. "I have practiced misdirection, and on you […]

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Poems inspired by Songs - 1 Little Alfy

In an earlier post (here), I said that I was going  to post, at some point,  some of the verses I wrote that were inspired by popular songwriters.  This first one (I think it's obvious, but I'll say it anyway) was inspired by the Beatles. Little Alfy Little Alfy, my boy, went down, don't you […]

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My First Guest Post

Guest Blogger Guy Conner It's about Climate Change Politics..

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Do Unto Others...

If we have a representative democracy in this country, that means, or should mean, that elected officials are the representatives of the people - they take our place, and represent our interests and well-being. One of the most pernicious ideas to gain currency in my lifetime is the notion that there is something inherently corrupting […]

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Another French Translation

This is my translation of the famous introduction to the Flowers of Evil, just as I wrote it some twenty years ago.   My goal was to reproduce the rhyme scheme of the original  ( so much easier in French) and to give the English reader a sense of the poet's overripe imagery.   You can judge […]

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A Rock

The following poem was my reaction to the Kent State Shootings in 1970.  It is yet another sonnet ( I seem to have written a lot of them).  If I were writing the poem today, I would make the secret urge line more ambiguous, and I would make the link to Kent State more explicit.  […]

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Sometimes

Hiking has been one of my favorite activities for most of my life, but this is my only poem to use hiking imagery. Sometimes Sometimes, I come upon you from above, My muscles aching from the dusty trail, My throat parched, and my eyes on fire. And just As I begin my slow descent, I […]

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