Category Archives: verse and worse

translations from Kuruntokai

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8Kuruntokai (The Short Collection) is an anthology of classical Tamil verse collected by Pooriko Nachinarkiniyar in the sixth or the seventh century CE. The poems are lyrics of love and longing. Apparently they offer layers of religious … Continue reading

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Google Translate is not good at classical Greek

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, lines 19-35, in my amateur translation: Prometheus, you will always suffer under One tyrant or another, uncomforted: That’s the price of befriending people. A god, you didn’t fear the rage of gods When you … Continue reading

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More Temperate

Facebook20 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 21Most trees have leafed out for two or three days.Each leaf unfolding in place to fill its space, green;But the trees that flowered are wilting now,Bold blooms shrinking to leave more space between,Dwindling to stipples along each … Continue reading

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tangled beauty

Facebook23 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 24Let us be glad for tangled things–   For soiled fingers raking thick-stemmed grass;     For matted fur on long, warm ears; Or child’s hair idly twisted in rings.   A thatch of ganglia fires in the brain’s wet … Continue reading

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when the lotus bloomed

Facebook26 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 27I was so distracted, tense, and busy That I missed the lotus bloom. Though preoccupied and hasty I sensed something in the room— Caught that subtle scent of longing, That mute yearning to be still— But I … Continue reading

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anxieties of influence

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16Emerson, Lowell, cummings, and Plath, Stevens, Roethke, Frost, MacLeish, and Hall, Ashbery, Bishop, Eliot and Rich– I write them down in verse, shuffling their names To fill my lines, making them my material, They who took all … Continue reading

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self help: a short story

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Political prisoner K. was sentenced to solitary, with only cement walls, a cot, a stinking bucket, and a food slot for company. One day, on his way back from interrogation, he saw a tattered paperback on the … Continue reading

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The Anachronist in the Florida Review

Facebook26 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 26(Korcula, Croatia) I am in Europe for a mixture of work–in Ukraine and Germany–and vacation. Meanwhile, the Florida Review has published The Anachronist as a multimedia feature. It begins: The Argument A woman is bound to the stake to … Continue reading

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what it looks like to live

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20She’s all cheekbones, lashes, emotions Conveyed in rapid succession, practiced. Cut to his reaction, the impact on his famous Face, bathed in a warm and flattering light. Then they’re running athletically away, Silhouettes diving before the fireball. … Continue reading

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Philip, Hannah, and Heinrich: a Play

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20“[Philip] Roth, who passed away last week, will be spending a lot of time with Arendt now, as he will be buried near her in the Bard College cemetery. According to an anecdote related by Bard’s President, … Continue reading

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