Monthly Archives: October 2010

Versions of Rimbaud’s “L’Orgie Parisienne” and “Le Dormeur du Val”

Translations from the French by Andrew O’Donnell The Orgy O cowards, here we are! Vomited out into the stations! The sun, with its burning lungs, turning arid along the streets where the night brims with barbarians. Here is the martyred … Continue reading

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Two Poems – Paul Perry

Promise You get off the train in another no-where town and are welcomed home. The wind leads you to a road and you start to walk. Where you came from is no where like this. A man is pushing a … Continue reading

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‘108 Moons’ – Jurga Ivanauskaitë

translation from the Lithuanian by Ruta Suchodolskyte and Paul Perry. I live as if swinging on the tongue of a bell sometimes hating myself loudly sometimes loving myself quietly ~ 108 moons stiffen in a rosary falling stars stick in … Continue reading

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Making Strange – A Note on Translation

When one language is pressed into another through translation, or the effort at translation to get meaning across, the result is often a vivid or poetic phrase. This happened often with the students I taught in Mexico. Take one student’s … Continue reading

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from ‘Sensitive Poems’ – Alan Mills –

Translations from the Spanish by Andrew O’Donnell and Michael Lee Rattigan It’s necessary to see, to use no material stranger, thus, if we want to speak of children burst open against the trees, it will be necessary to say it … Continue reading

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Return to the Light: ‘Bright Dusky Bright’ by Eeva Liisa Manner

Translated by Emily Jeremiah – Waterloo Press 2009 When reading the poems  of Eeva-Liisa Manner, and discovering  the landscapes that gave birth to them, I am reminded of these lines by the great Finnish/Swedish poet Edith Sodergran, lines in fact … Continue reading

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A House for the English Mythologies; Review of ‘Blood/Sugar’ by James Byrne

This almost-recent release of James Byrne’s new book follows on from Passages of Time, released seemingly many moons ago, although it may be worth stating that ‘follows on from’ gives only partial illumination on what Byrne is up to these … Continue reading

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The Metaphysical Squinting of the Psyche of London; Five Journal Entries in Lieu of a Review of Niall McDevitt’s ‘b/w’

1 On a press not very familiar to me (and therefore immediately intriguing) comes a rather large form book of poems named simply b/w (Black and white? An associational obsession with Blake? The curtness of an abbreviation? A mystery skirted … Continue reading

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