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Recent Reading

 Would you believe I've just discovered how to use this blog, which Alex created for me & I've let sit idle all this time?  So, for a start, let me recommend the last few poetry books I've enjoyed (and for which I actually spent real money) --
ANIMAL PSALMS by Alfred Nicol.
PUMPKIN CHUCKING by Steven Scaer
SLEAZE & SLANDER  by Mike Juster
MID EVIL by Maryann Corbett
Have also read recent good biographies of Evelyn Waugh, Thomas deQuincey and John Singleton Copley.  

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Gerry Cambridge

Gerry Cambridge is a poet, essayist and editor with substantial interest in print design and typography as well as a background in natural history photography. His recent publications include The Printed Snow: On Typesetting Poetry (HappenStance Press, 2015); Notes for Lighting a Fire (HappenStance Press, 2012); and Aves (Essence Press, 2007)—a collection of prose poems about wild birds.

 

Feng Zhi

Feng Zhi was born Feng Chengzhi in 1905 in Hebei province. He graduated from Beijing University, where he had studied German from 1921–27 and later (1930–35), studied German philosophy and literature in Berlin and Heidelberg. He published two poetry collections, Songs of Yesterday (1927) and Northern Wanderings and Other Poems (1929), and then didn’t publish for over a decade. He began writing again after fleeing Beijing for the south of China.

 

Sonnet 15: Look at Those Teams of Pack Horses

english translation

Sonnet 15: Look at Those Teams of Pack Horses

original Chinese poem

15. 看这一队队的驮马

      看这一队队的骡马
      驮来了远方的货物,
      水也会冲来一些泥沙
      从些不知名的远处,

      风从千万里外也会
      掠来些他乡的叹息:
      我们走过无数的山水,
      随时占有,随时又放弃,

      仿佛鸟飞行在空中,
      它随时都管领太空,
      随时都感到一无所有。

      什么是我们的实在?
      从远方什么也带不来
      从面前什么也带不走

 

Chou Ping

Chou Ping is a professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He has coedited/co-translated several books with Tony Barnstone, including Chinese Erotic Poetry (Everyman, 2007); The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (Anchor, 2005); and The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala, 1996).

 

 

Ballade 37 from Other Ballades

english translation

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Maryann Corbett reads the poem in translation, Ballade 37 from Other Ballades by Christine de Pizan (translated from the Middle French.)

Ballade 37 from Other Ballades

original Middle French poem

Autres Balades : XXXVII

      Jadis avoit en la cité d’Athènes
      Fleur d’estude de clergie souvraine ;
      Mais, non obstant les sentences certaines
      De leur grant sens, une erreur trop vilaine
      Les decepvoit, car pluseurs divers dieux
      Aouroient, dont aucuns pour leur mieulx
      Y preschierent qu’ilz devoient savoir
      Qu’il n’est qu’un Dieu, mais mal en prist à cieux ;
      On est souvent batu pour dire voir.

      Aristote le très sage, aux haultaines
      Sciences prompt, d’ycelle cité, pleine
      De tel erreur, fu fuitis ; maintes peines
      Il en souffri Socrates qui fontaine
      De sens estoit ; fu chaciéde cil lieux
      Pluseurs autres occis des envieulx
      Pour verité dire, et apercevoir
      Peut bien chascun que partout soubz les cieulx
      On est souvent batu pour dire voir.

      Se ainsi va des sentences mondaines ;
      Pour ce le di que pluseurs ont ataine
      Sur moy, pour tant que paroles très vaines,
      Deshonnestes et diffame incertaine,
      Reprendre osay, en jeunes et en vieulx,
      Et le Romant, plaisant aux curieux,
      De la Rose, que l’en devroit ardoir !
      Mais pour ce mot maint me sauldroit aux yeux
      On est souvent batu pour dire voir.

      Princes, certes, voir dire est anyeux
      Aux mençongeurs qui veulent decevoir,
      Pour ce au pere voit on mentir le fieulx :
      On est souvent batu pour dire voir.

 

Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett’s third book, Mid Evil, was the winner of the Richard Wilbur Award for 2014. She is also a past cowinner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in many journals and in anthologies, most recently Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, and the Writer’s Almanac.

 

 

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