Interpreting Borges

For this translation of Borges, I decided to start with the fact that the original poem (Un Ciego) is a classical Shakespearian sonnet.  The decision to respect the form of the original poem when translating leads to a new poem that, while preserving the essential themes and sense of the original, adds and subtracts details for […]

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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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Fairness in Media

I am old enough to remember when media coverage of politics – TV and radio only in those days – was governed by the FCC’s fairness doctrine. The fairness doctrine said, essentially, that if you wanted to report on an election, all sides, and all candidates, needed to be given equal time. This was both […]

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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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Acting Locally

From time to time, people who know how interested in politics I am ask me if I watch the Presidential debates.  I always reply: "No, I'm not interested," and try to change the subject. But why don't I want to watch?  There's plenty of drama.  Donald Trump talks about whatever comes into his head, without […]

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Reality Show Politics

Today, a friend asked me why I never seem to want to talk about national politics.  Anyone who knows me is aware of my willingness to discuss politics in general, and state and local politics in particular.  So why do I avoid talking about national politics? I thought about it for a while, and replied […]

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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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