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Preface to Life

To Mohsen Emadi There are voices that stop us that open the ground and fold our hearts into tiny squares   You tell me, Juan left us— I need your embrace   I tell you, Amiri left us— who’s the world now?   Our grief hanging on a telephone line Mexico City—Vermont our eyes fill with their eyes we repeat Juan’s words: There are losses. The important thing is how returning to them transforms them into something new.   Repeat...

On Poetry in Translation

The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry has been out for a couple of weeks now, and as we await the critical response, I think of the most satisfying poetry review I read last year: Jon Stallworthy, writing in the TLS of December 4, 2009, on Clare Cavanagh's translation of Adam Zagajewski's Eternal Enemies. Stallworthy draws an ingenious parallel between the authority and urgency of Zagajewski's "Try to Praise the Mutilated World" and Auden's "Musée des Beaux...
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