Monthly Archives: February 2012

Odysseus Elytis: The Autopsy

The Autopsy And so they found that the gold of the olive root had dripped in the re-       cesses of his heart. And from the many times that he had lain awake by candlelight waiting       for the dawn, … Continue reading

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Juan Ramón Jiménez: Three Poems

No, It Is Not Possible No, it is not possible to fit my ideal hours into the hours of my material day! It is not possible to cut the rose of fire until we find the exact limits imposed by … Continue reading

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Li Qingzhao: Written to the Tune “The Fisherman’s Honor”

Written to the Tune “The Fisherman’s Honor” The sky becomes one with its clouds, the waves with their mist. In Heaven’s starry river, a thousand sails dance. As if dreaming, I return to the place where the Highest lives, and … Continue reading

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Yu Xuanji: At Home in the Summer Mountains

At Home in the Summer Mountains I’ve come to the house of the Immortals: In every corner, wildflowers bloom. In the front garden, trees Offer their branches for drying clothes; Where I eat, a wine glass can float In the … Continue reading

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Anonymous: Four Poems from The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue

O God of the Sword-spell O God of the sword-spell, you’re unwise to withold your wealth from me; you’ve deceived the sword-point’s reddener. I’ve something else to explain— ‘Serpent-tongue’ as a child was my name. Now again here’s my chance … Continue reading

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Anonymous: Threee Poems from The Saga of Hallfred Troublesome-Poet

The Anger of the Busy The anger of the busy bucket-sinker, a true pansy, all-heathen, is about as terrible to my eyes as if, fair-sized, outside, worst of all when guests arrive, (I swell the poetry) at the pantry-door an … Continue reading

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Anonymous: Four Poems from Kormak’s Saga

The Moon of Her Eyelash The moon of her eyelash—that valkyrie of herb-surf, adorned with linen— shone hawk-sharp upon me beneath her brows’ bright sky; but that beam from the eyelid-moon of the goddess of the golden torque will later … Continue reading

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