Poetry Fan Fiction: “Marie A.”

Poetry Fan Fiction: “Marie A.”

One of my favorite poems of the German language is Bertolt Brecht's "Erinnerung an die Marie A." The themes of youthful love, impermanence, and fading memory stuck with me the first time I read it, and the poem continues to give me a wistful feeling each time I reread. Perhaps someday…read more →
Lenten Poetry Project: “Forty Days of Verse”

Lenten Poetry Project: “Forty Days of Verse”

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent! (In the Western churches, that is!) Now begins the season of penance -- of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. This Lent, I'm doing a few personal penances, including a fast from Facebook (so you won't see me there, except perhaps for a…read more →
Translated Poem: A Pennsyltuckian Parody of Rubén Darío

Translated Poem: A Pennsyltuckian Parody of Rubén Darío

So this spring -- to my great excitement and gratitude -- I've been allowed to sit in on a graduate seminar on translation theory and practice. (EEEEE!) For this week, as a practical exercise, we were to translate a brief Spanish-language poem (actually, a single stanza from a much longer…read more →